Marie worked hard, often behind the scenes, with no need for thanks or praise. She trusted the call to serve, however it came, and responded generously.
Sister Carol Johannes spoke these words about Sister Marie Quenneville in her homily at Sister Marie’s funeral Mass, further describing Sister Marie as a humble woman, a splendid and creative teacher, and a wonderful witness to the Dominican dedication to truth.
Sister Marie was born January 18, 1936, in Detroit, to George and Marie (Bonten) Quenneville. George was born in Stoney Pointe, Ontario, Canada, where his family had a farm, and met his future wife while he was what was called a “nickel immigrant,” commuting on the Windsor to Detroit ferry – which cost a nickel to ride – to work at the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) factory in Detroit.
Marie Bonten had come to Detroit with her mother, Clara, and two siblings from Antwerp, Belgium, in 1921. Her father, Charles, had arrived at some earlier point to get a job and establish a home, and Clara and her children followed. Not knowing a word of English, they sailed for the United States, went through Ellis Island, and boarded a train for Detroit, where Charles met his family at the Michigan Central train station.
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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. The Reese Family
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....
Our Adrian Dominican cemetery with its circular headstones is a beautiful place of rest for women who gave their lives in service to God — and a peaceful place for contemplation and remembrance.
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