A 485-acre farm near Harbor Beach, in Huron County, Michigan (the county at the very tip of Michigan’s “Thumb”), was home for the Roggenbuck family: Henry and Magdalene (Holdwick) and their large family, of whom Margaret Ann was the sixth child and the second daughter.
The Roggenbucks had deep roots in Huron County; Henry’s parents arrived there from Germany in the 1800s and settled on a farm, while Magdalene’s parents were also area farmers. The two met as children in catechism class at Harbor Beach’s St. Anthony Church, the same church where they were married in 1927.
Both Henry and Magdalene left the area as young adults, Henry to attend Detroit Business University and Magdalene to study education at what was then known as Ferris Institute in Big Rapids, Michigan. But Henry loved the land too much to stay away and returned to Harbor Beach to work the family farm, and Magdalene came back to the area to spend six years as a country-school teacher before the two married.
In one of her St. Catherine letters, Sister Margaret Ann remembered her father as a man with a gentle spirit and a love for life, someone who saw goodness in everyone. “He perceived and experienced life as gift and he especially cherished each of his children as a special gift,” she wrote.
Read more about Sister Margaret Ann (PDF)
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When I was serving as a judge in the Tribunal in the Diocese of Lansing and doing consultative work for sisters from different communities, Margaret asked me to give a presentation on annulments at the parish where she served as a pastoral minister. That was over 25 years ago. From that time forward we spent many wonderful times talking about and living the Adrian Dominican charism. Margaret was always lighthearted and filled with a deep concern for people. She was always looking for ways to give herself more wholeheartedly to her ministry. It was apparent that she loved being an Adrian Dominican. It was our common ground. I enjoyed meeting the Roggenbuck family at various events. It was obvious that she loved her family and attended as many family gatherings as possible. It was delightful to be invited to her jubilee and hear so many great stories about her “crowd.” When she moved to the Motherhouse I always made a point of visiting her whenever I was in Adrian, especially when her health deteriorated. Her beautiful smile was always there. Now that she rests in the peace of Christ, I will miss seeing her face.
Rest In Peace, Margaret Ann. Your presence has been requested in the Heavenly Kingdom.
I knew Sr Robert Jean back in th late 60sand early 70s when she taught me History in school in South Shore in Chicago . She was a strict smart teacher who also had a wisdom to encourage me to learn and enjoyed her style of teaching . Thank you for all you taught me You will be missed !✝️😔😢✝️
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