In Memoriam

Sister Nancy Hanna, OP


Sister Nancy Hanna, formerly known as Sister Robert Francis, died on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 90 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Nancy was born in Charleston, West Virginia, to Robert and Edith (Dame) Hanna. She graduated from St. Anthony High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida, and a Licentiate of Philosophy degree from Santo Domingo University in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 

Sister Nancy spent 48 years in education ministry in Mundelein, Illinois; Callao, Peru; San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic, and St. Catherine and Springfield, Kentucky. She was a teacher for seven years at Escuela Parroquial in San Juan de la Maguana and librarian for two years at Colegio Santo Domingo, both in the Dominican Republic. Sister Nancy was principal for six years at Santa Maria de Guadalupe in Callao and librarian for eight years at St. Catharine College in St. Catharine and 14 years at Washington County Public Library in Springfield, both in Kentucky. She was a Medical Clinic Coordinator for three years at the Community Action Center and Assistant Administrator for five years at Maria Health Care Center (now Dominican Life Center), both in Adrian, Michigan. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2011.

Sister Nancy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by loving cousins and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Nancy will be on Wednesday, September 4, 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 of the Dominican Life Center. 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 Thursday, September 5, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. Both the Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembering will be live streamed.

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 Nancy (Robert Francis):

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Funeral for Sister Nancy (Robert Francis):

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From left: Sister Nancy’s birth mother; Sister Nancy’s adoptive parents, Edith and Robert Hanna

Sisters Ana Feliz and Nancy Hanna stand in front of Machu Picchu in Peru, July or August 1965. Sisters Ana Feliz, Nancy Hanna, and Teresita Pellerano enjoy their time with a pet llama in the novitiate run by the Maryknoll Sisters in Peru.

Right: Associate Barbara Baumgardner (left) with Sister Nancy Hanna, 1998

Sister Nancy Hanna with a student at St. Catharine College near Springfield, Kentucky. Sister Mary Ann Ennis, left, and Sister Nancy Hanna in Kentucky.

Left: From left, physical therapist Glady Nguyen, Sisters Nancy Hanna and Jovanna Stein (in back) and physical therapist Bonnie Yarbrough, 2017

Members of the 2011 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Julianne Wolny, Jeannine Holway, Anne Liam Lees, Judith Ann Lieder, and Agnes Peplinski; middle row, from left, Sisters Elizabeth Lynch, Rita Brunett, Thérèse Haggerty, Mary Daria Herbella, Catherine Ahern, and Elisa J. Doherty; and front row, from left, Sisters Dolores Marie Dolan, Dolores Slosar, Nancy Hanna, Celine Marie Regan, Marian E. Guethlein, and Clara Budenz.  

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Avatar  Laura Shulters 6 days agoReply

Sr. Nancy was a very dear friend to my Mom from the 1970's. She would call to see how Mom was doing when Mom's dementia progressed to 24/7 care. She gave me lots of encouragement & praise for being Mom's caretaker. After Mom passed away in 2017, Sr. Nancy would call or email me to see how I was doing. Always had a kind word of encouragement & made me feel so blessed!! Thank you Sr. Nancy, for your kind, caring love. You'll always be in my heart.You earned those angel wings a long time ago. May you be by God's side. You'll be very missed!!

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