Sister Ethel Detz was born on July 19, 1946, in Detroit. She was the second oldest of six children born to Nicholas and Doris (Walkowski) Detz. She wrote the following about her childhood and family in her autobiography.
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To all who knew and loved Sr. Ethel,My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. While working with Sr. Ethel in Niskayuna, NY at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center, we spent many lunch breaks together. She was a private person but her love of family was very obvious in the pride she had sharing pictures and stories of them - especially the little ones she had previously taken care of. I believe Sr. Ethel was used by God to show me wishes come true. She asked me what my one wish would be, which I answered and got two months after she left NY - 15 months after the question was asked. She will always be remembered with affection and be a part of the "collage" of my life.
To The Family And Community Of Sister Ethel DetzSister Ethel holds a place in my heart and in the hearts of many who met her during the time she worked at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center, in Niskayuna, NY. I heard her present information on several saints during the Breakfast with the Saints and the Soup with the Saints programs. She was always well prepared and an engaging presenter. Of special importance to me was a morning when Sister Ethel helped a group of us explore walking the labyrinth and praying about our experience. No matter what the occasion, Sister Ethel shared deeply and compassionately with the people and brought light and laughter to every encounter. Truly, she is now with members of her family, who have passed to the nearer presence of the Lord they all served.
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