In Memoriam

Sister Carolyn Nelson, OP (Angelita Nelson)


Sister Carolyn Nelson, formerly known as Sister Angelita Nelson, died on Monday, April 13, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 87 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. 

Sister Carolyn was born in Chicago to Edward and Virginia (Schuster) Nelson. She graduated from St. Ambrose High School in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, a master’s degree in history from DePaul University in Chicago, and a master’s  degree in pastoral counseling from Marygrove College in Detroit. 

Sister Carolyn spent 21½ years ministering in education in Chicago and St. Charles, Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; and Owosso, Michigan. She was principal at St. Patrick School in St. Charles from 1965 to 1975 and religious education director there from 1979 to 1985. Sister Carolyn served as Provincial Administrator for the Adrian Dominican Sisters in St. Dominic Province in Hometown, Illinois from 1975 to 1979. She also was pastoral associate for 23 years at St. Owen Parish in Birmingham, Michigan. 

Sister Carolyn became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents and a cousin, Sister Marie Bernadette Kreiner, OP, an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Judith Verhaeghe of St. Clair Shores, Michigan; a loving nephew; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via live stream

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. Burial 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.

Prayer Card for Sister Carolyn (PDF)

Vigil for Sister Carolyn (Angelita):

Vigil Program (PDF)

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Funeral for Sister Carolyn (Angelita):

Funeral Program (PDF)

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Avatar  Jon M. Jensen 2 months agoReply

Sister was my 8th grade teacher and Principal at St. Pat's in St. Charles, Il. She was quite a women! We were all a bit afraid of her, she was very demanding but for our good! I can say now! She encouraged me all the way to my ordination Day! Thank you Sister Angelita! May your memory be eternal! I cried today missing you in my heart!

Avatar  Mike Renaud 3 months agoReply

Sister Carolyn was my older cousin who always had a smile, a positive attitude and a willingness to help others. As a young man she helped me through rough times with confidentiality and guidance. Sister Carolyn loved God with all her being and did her best to care for and love others. What a wonderful life!

Avatar  Lois Morris 3 months agoReply

am so sorry about Sr, Carolyn, we had several good visits when she was around and on first floor Maria.. Always smiling and happy. Will miss you Carolyn, Gods blessings on you Rest in Peace.

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