In Memoriam

Sister Madonna Marie Black, OP


Sister Madonna Marie Black, baptized Marian Loretto Black, died on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 74th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Madonna Marie was born in Kingman, Arizona, to Arthur and Mabel (Van Marter) Black. She graduated from Mohave Union High School in Kingman, and received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in music education from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.  

Sister spent 28½ years ministering in education in the areas of church music, art, and liturgy in Detroit and Adrian, Michigan; San Francisco, La Puente, and Los Angeles, California; St. Petersburg, Florida; Santurce, Puerto Rico; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. This includes 17 years at St. Brendan Parish in San Francisco. where she taught for 11 years and was principal for six years. 

Sister Madonna Marie also was a pastoral minister for 14 years in Kingman, Cortaro, Mesa, and Phoenix, Arizona, where she used her skills in art, liturgy, and church music as organist and choir director in the parishes. 

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Virginia Doyle, Viola “Gina” Dawson, and Katherine Black; and brothers, Donald Black, Leo Black, and Charles Black. She is survived by three sisters: Fran Madole of Kingman, Helen Tapp of Phoenix, and Mai E. Gray of Tucson, all in Arizona; her nieces and nephews, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Madonna Marie will be on Wednesday, February 19, 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 Thursday, February 20, 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 Madonna Marie:

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Funeral for Sister Madonna Marie:

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Right: The four Black daughters who were in the Adrian Dominican Congregation – from left, Sisters Virginia Maria (Helen), Madonna Marie (Marian), Rose Regina (Viola) and Rose Madonna (Fran) – stand behind their parents, Mabel and Arthur. 

Right: Postulant Viola Black and Sister Madonna Marie Black stand in front of the bus that will take them West. 

From left: Sister Madonna Marie Black, December 23, 1993. Sister Madonna Marie with her friend Gladys at the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Arizona, Christmas Eve 1997

From left: Sister Madonna Marie in Kingman, Arizona. Faculty members at St. Brendan School, San Francisco, 1953-54 were: back row, from left, Sisters Madonna Marie Black, Catherine James Madden, Margaret James Sieberman, and Jane Celeste Fries, and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Roseen Maier, Jean Immaculate McNamara, Elizabeth Clare Schindler, and Rose Regina Black. 

Right: From left, Sisters Virginia Kleckner, Mary Noella Osentoski, Norita Marie Barrett, and Madonna Marie Black celebrate Jubilee in the chapel in Henderson, Nevada, April 14, 1996.

Members of the 2015 Double Diamond Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Anne L. Lindquist, Margaret Mary Heinz, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), Jeanne Marie O’Laughlin, and Therese Margaret Roberts, and front row, from left, Sisters Jane Quirk, Donna Wencel, Marcelline Fouchey, Madonna Marie Black, and Marie Sheila Beatty.

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Avatar  Jay Class of 1962 SBS last monthReply

She taught me the love of music, and the price of misbehaving. Thank you Sr. Madonna Marie for both of those things.
Go with God, and rest in peace.

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