In Memoriam

Sister Jane Irene Hutton, OP


Sister Jane Irene Hutton, formerly known as Irene Jane Hutton, died on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Jane Irene was born in Chicago to William and Irene (Beck) Hutton. She graduated from Aquinas Dominican High School in Chicago and received a Bachelor of Home Economics degree from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She was also certified as a teacher of religious education by the Diocese of Orlando, Florida. 

Sister ministered for nine years in elementary education in Detroit, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Oakland, California; and Georgetown, South Carolina. She also ministered in elementary and religious education for 40 years in Pensacola, Hollywood, Miami Beach, Jacksonville, Melbourne, Fort Walton Beach, Fort Pierce, and Vero Beach, Florida. 

Sister Jane Irene became a resident at the Dominican Life Center in 1999. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Edmar Hutton. Sister is survived by her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome and Wake of Sister Jane Irene will be on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. in the Gathering Space of St. Catherine Chapel in the Dominican Life Center. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 4:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. 

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.


Vigil for Sister Jane Irene:

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Funeral for Sister Jane Irene:

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From left: Sister Jane Irene, left, with her good friend Sister John Baptist Dowd, November 2005; Celebrating Sister Jane Irene Hutton’s Jubilee with the Holy Rosary Chapter, June 2009, are, from left: Sisters Dorothy Worthy, Joan Sustersic, Mary Pat Dewey, Jane Irene, Lorraine Pepin, Reta Drexler, and Lila Watt.

Celebrating Sister Jane Irene Hutton’s Golden Jubilee in June 1999 are, from left, Sisters John Baptist Dowd; Denis Marie Talbot; Jane Irene; and Helen Beck, her cousin, of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.

From left: Sister Jane Irene Hutton, left, with Sister Jean Aufderheide at the cathedral in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, September 1994; Sister Jane Irene celebrates her 70-year Jubilee with Sister Noreen Burke, May 15, 2019.

Members of the 1999 Golden Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Geraldine Megel, Magdelaine Hill, Thomas James Burns, Grace Flowers, Madeline Mary Dervin, and Aileen McClain, and front row, from left, Sisters Anastasia McNichols, Helen Edward Duncan, Jean Marie Jeziolkowski, Frances Barfield, Dorothy D’Haene, and Jane Irene Hutton.

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