In Memoriam


Sister Barbara Ann Hehr, formerly known as Sister Fredrick Ann Hehr, died on Sunday, May 10, 2020, 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 Barbara Ann was born in Chicago to Fredrick and Anna (Simon) Hehr. She graduated from Liberty High School in Libertyville, Illinois, and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s  degree in history from the University of San Francisco.  

She spent 55½ years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Detroit, Michigan; Aiken, South Carolina; San Francisco, Oceanside, and Los Angeles, California; Douglas, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Grand Junction, Colorado. This includes two years at Dominican High School in Detroit, an institution of the Congregation, where she served as Dean of Students. Sister Barbara Ann also served as elementary principal for four years at St. Raphael, Los Angeles; one year at Loretto School in Douglas, Arizona; and five years at St. Joseph, Las Vegas.

Sister Barbara Ann became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers: Raymond Hehr, Maynard Hehr, William Hehr, and Kenneth Hehr; and a sister, Vivian Hehr. She is survived by a sister, Teresa Knigge of Mundelein, Illinois, and three brothers: Edward Hehr of Mundelein, Illinois; Jerome Hehr of Quartzsite, Arizona; and Robert Hehr of Trenton, Missouri. 

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 Monday, May 11, 2020, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. 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.

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