In Memoriam


Sister Ann Rozalia Szabo, formerly known as Eleanora Szabo, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Ann Rozalia was born in Tucumcari, New Mexico, to Louis and Florence (Murphy) Szabo. She graduated from Tucumcari High School in Tucumcari and received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, a bachelor’s degree in art from California State University in Hayward, and a master’s degree in religious education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. 

Sister spent 36½ years ministering in elementary and music education in St. Clair, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; Winslow and Kingman, Arizona; Oakland, Santa Cruz, Larkspur, and Hayward, California; Albuquerque, Belen, and Ramah, New Mexico; and Guayama, Puerto Rico. She also was a parish pastoral minister for 10 years in San Juan Pueblo and Ramah, New Mexico. 

Sister Ann Rozalia became a resident at the Dominican Life Center in 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents and a twin sister, Rozalia Ann Szabo. Sister is survived by a sister, Frances Ann Shay of Tucumcari, New Mexico.

Welcome of Sister Ann Rozalia will be on Monday, April 15, 2019, 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 Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil and the Funeral 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 Ann Rozalia:

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Funeral for Sister Ann Rozalia:

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Left photo: Sister Ann Rozalia’s parents, Florence Murphy Szabo and Louis Szabo, May 19, 1930. Far right photo: Sisters Ann Rozalia Szabo and Marlene Kuhnlein in their rose garden.

Left photo: Little foot, Sister Ann Rozalia’s five- to six-month-old male kitten. Far right photo: In the art room at the Dominican Life Center.

Left photo:  From left, Sisters Barbara Gentry and Dorothy Jeanne Burns, physical therapist Glady Nguyen, and Sister Ann Rozalia Szabo in the physical therapy room of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. Right photo: Sister Ann Rozalia poses in front of the bulletin board for an organization of animal lovers at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian.

Members of the 2010 Diamond Jubilee December Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Kieran Therese Quirke, Mary White, Ann Rozalia Szabo, Shirley Smith, Jeannine Therese McGorray, Geraldine Maloney, and Sean Morley; middle row, from left, Sisters Rita Crotty, Lucy Ann Quinn, Loretta May, Noreen Burke, Genevieve Jeziolkowski, Marlene Kuhnlein, and Janet Michael Hudspeth; and front row, from left, Sisters Lila Watt, Carol Denise Koenig, Virginia Beattie, Maria Goretti Browne, Ellen Kennedy, Joseph Eilese Hukle, and Donna Markham (Prioress). 

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