In Memoriam

Sister Marie Quenneville, OP


Sister Marie Quenneville, formerly known as Sister Madonna Joseph, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 83 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Marie was born in Detroit to George and Marie (Bonten) Quenneville. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master’s degree in children’s literature from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Sister spent 44 years ministering in elementary education in Harvey, Chicago, and Mundelein, Illinois; Harper Woods, Detroit, Riverview, and Hamtramck, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and Oakland, California. She also was the associate director for the Adrian Dominican Development Office for nine years in Detroit and Eastpointe, Michigan. 

Sister Marie became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2009. She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers: Charles, Thomas, William, Edward, Patrick, and John; and three sisters: Elaine Young, and Rita and Donna Quenneville. She is survived by a brother, Donald of Columbia, Tennessee, and loving nieces and nephews. 

Welcome of Sister Marie will be on Monday, July 1, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Tuesday, July 2, 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 Marie (Madonna Joseph):

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Funeral for Sister Marie (Madonna Joseph):

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From left: Sister Marie’s eighth-grade graduation photo from St. Edward School, Detroit; Sister Marie’s parents, George and Marie (Bonten) Quenneville 

From left: Sister Marie attends the 50th class reunion for the Dominican High School Class of 1953, September 2003. From left, Associate Mercedes Fitzsimmons and Sisters Helene Burns, Patricia Sporer, Sheila Delaney, and Marie Quenneville

Right: Members of the 2002 Golden Jubilee, August Reception Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Diane Odette, Norma Dell, Elizabeth Ross, Mary Giacopelli, and Marie Quenneville, and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Nugent, Claudia Hinds, Jean Horger, Mary Ann Zakrajsek, Kathleen Buechele, and Laura Marie Smith. 

From left: Sister Marie cuts the cake for her Silver Jubilee celebration at St. Pius X in Toledo, May 7, 1978. Sister Janet Schaeffler, left, and Sister Marie attend an event at Dominican High School in Detroit, October 2002.

Right: Sister Dorothy Booms, left, and Sister Marie Quenneville celebrate Sister Marie’ Golden Jubilee, June 2002.


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Avatar  Roberta Reese last monthReply

I am so sad to hear of the passing of Sister Marie. She was a great teacher and was so patient with my son Matthew when he was in kindergarten at St. Gabriel in the early 1980’s. He wasn’t happy about having to go to school and she made him feel safe and loved.
I also remember her great times we had when Sr.Marie and Sr. Sharon would come over to my house for dinner. Sister Marie, her family and friends will be in our thoughts and prayers.
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Avatar  Patrick Irwin last monthReply

The St. Gabriel students, alumni and family express their profound sadness at the passing of Sr. Marie...a beautiful and caring messenger of God's word and love. Sr. Marie demonstrably lived the values of who faith and good works - and because of this, so many people today whom she touched in her many years as an educator and mentor now can live lives that are more competent, purposeful and ethical....

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