In Memoriam

Sister Theresia Scheuer, OP


Sister Theresia Scheuer, formerly known as Mary Susan Scheuer, died on Friday, September 6, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Theresia was born in Adrian, Michigan, to Edward and Opal (Ott) Scheuer. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master’s of Music Education degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. 

Except for six years ministering in elementary education in Harvey, Illinois, Sister Theresia’s ministry was all in Michigan. She spent 21 years in education in Detroit, Ruth, Port Huron, and Adrian, which includes 13 years at St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, an institution of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. She spent 32 years in parish/diocesan ministry in Adrian, Lansing, and Deerfield. 

Sister Theresia became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan in 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Ahlene Elizabeth Wernert; and a cousin, Sister Mary Lorenzo Gillen, OP, an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by a sister, Jo Ann McKelvey of Toledo, Ohio, as well as loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican sisters.

Welcome of Sister Theresia will be on Wednesday, September 11, 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 12, 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.



Left: Sister Theresia at the age of 8, 1939. Right: Sister Theresia Scheuer on the day of her Reception into the Novitiate, August 10, 1948

Left: Sister Theresia during her Master’s Degree Recital. Right: Sisters Theresia Scheuer, left, and Magdalena Ezoe, Christmas 1974

Left: Sister Theresia Scheuer reads to her niece, 1976. Right: With her grand-niece Susie, Easter 1981

Left: Sister Theresia celebrates her 25th anniversary of ministering at St. Alphonsus Parish in Deerfield, Michigan. Right: Sister Theresia, seated in back, attends a family gathering, August 2019.

Left: Members of the choir singing at the June 23, 2018 Jubilee Mass are, from left, Sisters Barbara Gass, Joella Miller, Theresia Scheuer, and Patricia Walter. Right: Sister Theresia, December 2018

Members of the 2008 Diamond Jubilee August Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Patricia DeMay, Theresa Sinnamon, Angelica McGuire, Dorothy Worthy, Barbara J. Carroll, and Audrey Hull and front row, from left, Sisters Anne Marie Meagher, Mary Declan Foss, Margaret Ann Reardon, Margaret Karam, Theresia Scheuer, and Ann Benedict Williams.

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Avatar  Lisa Dunham 2 days agoReply

I was blessed to know Sister through the St. Alphonsus choir after she recruited me in. I am very sad to hear that she's left us. She was a fine musician and I will treasure the time we worked together in the parish and as friends. Her faith, intelligence, and love for our parish and the world was truly an inspiration to all she came in contact with. My family got to know her as well and she will be missed. She was an outstanding teacher and brought out the best in us. We love you Sister.

Avatar  Dennis Reeder 4 days agoReply

I rejoice that Sr has gone home to be with the Lord, but I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a tremendous friend. Sr Theresia was my prayer warrior. When I was diagnosed with cancer and the tumor on my chest had prevented me from singing the Our Father for Alumni Mass at Siena Heights I was so heart broken. It is one of the gifts I enjoy sharing with the Siena community for homecoming. Theresia said “Lets work this out” she rewrote the music in a different key and she worked with me diligently over two days to pronounce words differently while singing and controlling my air differently. The morning of mass we practiced very early so no one was around and made a few more note changes in order that I might deliver the song with the strength and reverence for our God. One of the professors of the university heard me practice both days and he and Theresia prayed over me. To say the very least it went incredibly well thanks to this dear friend who believed in me, and whom made it possible. The prof came up after mass and with tears in his eyes just hugged me. Theresia started a prayer chain for me around the world and I was healed. We have stayed connected these past ten years. She was a joy, and her fervor for social peace and justice was huge. She will be greatly missed, who shall be my accompaniment if I ever get that chance again. Thank you Theresia for your friendship, your belief in me, your prayers, and for your dedication to our Lord and Savior and His work here on earth. And maybe most of all “the music”. I hear your voice still, thank you my friend, I love you. Until we meet again ❤️✝️

Avatar  Sally J Ceresko 5 days agoReply

What a kind and lovely woman. I will miss her at the Tuesday Peace Prayer services very much.

Avatar  Patrick Brown 6 days agoReply

Sr. Theresia was a masterful musician. She was piano teacher to me and many of my family members and an integral part of the Catholic identity in our parish.

I’ll always remember her saying, “In order to play, you must play lightly with your fingers and deeply with your soul”.

She’s playing with the most Heavenly Chorus now. I think she’d like that.

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