In Memoriam

Sister Robert Irene Buchanan, OP


Sister Robert Irene Buchanan, formerly known as Mildred Marilyn Buchanan, died on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Detroit to Robert and Irene (Whitty) Buchanan. She graduated from Immaculata High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. 

Sister Robert Irene spent 19½ years in education in Clawson and Romeo, Michigan; Douglas, Arizona; Cincinnati, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Oakland, California. She also taught Special Education for 13 years in Santa Cruz County, California. Sister was a medical records clerk for nine years at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California. 

Sister Robert Irene became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2006. Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her twin sister, Sister Mary Luke Buchanan, a Franciscan Sister; her sisters: Geraldine Urburtis; Dolores Buchanan; Shirley Tohlen and Sharon Wentworth and her brothers: Robert Buchanan, Jr and Tom Buchanan. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Robert Irene will be on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 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 Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 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 Robert Irene:

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Funeral for Sister Robert Irene:

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Left: Twins Mildred (Sister Robert Irene) and Virginia (Sister Luke) with their younger sister, Shirley

Right: The Buchanan sisters are, from left, Sharon, Sister Robert Irene, Franciscan Sister Luke, and Dolores. 

Sister Robert Irene Buchanan ministered as medical records clerk at Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz, California.

From left: From left, Sisters Gloria Lerro, Robert Irene Buchanan, and Julie Hyer at Dominican Oaks, Santa Cruz, California, 2000. Sisters Jane Robert Stuckel (left) and Robert Irene Buchanan 

From left: Sister Robert Irene stands in front of a nursing station at the Dominican Life Center. Sister Robert Irene Buchanan, left, and her twin, Franciscan Sister Luke Buchanan

Members of the 2011 Diamond Jubilarian Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Nancy Fischer, Barbara Hehr, Patricia Walsh, Mary Louise Head, Joan Weitz, Helen Belsito, Anne Beauvais, and Celeste Mary Bourke; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Alice Naour, Helen Laier, Thomas Leo Monahan, Patricia Dolan, Angela Susalla, June Racicot, Patricia Spangler, and Attracta Kelly (Prioress); and front row, from left, Sisters Marilyn Foster, Marion Coppe, Betty Lou Myers, Robert Irene Buchanan, Mary Alan Stuart, Mary Catherine Nolan, and Jane Robert Stuckel.

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