In Memoriam


Sister Margaret Augustine Exworthy, formerly known as Nancy Jane Exworthy, died on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 78 years of age and in the 60th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Margaret Augustine was born in Detroit to Francis and Jane (Szekely) Exworthy. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in school administration from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida. 

Sister Margaret Augustine spent over 39 years ministering in education in Lansing, Escanaba, and Marquette, Michigan; Chicago and Orland Park, Illinois; and Melbourne, West Palm Beach, and Indialantic, Florida. These included ministering nine years as principal in Escanaba and Marquette, Michigan, and Oak Park, Illinois; four years as assistant high school principal in Melbourne, Florida, and five years as director of Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, an Adrian Dominican sponsored institution. 

She served a total of 15 years at the DePorres Place, an adult literacy center, a Congregation sponsored institution in Florida – three years as director of programs and 12 years as executive director. 

Sister Margaret became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by a sister, Kareen May Newcombe, of Tampa, Florida.

Welcome of Sister Margaret Augustine will be on Sunday, March 10, 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 Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Monday, March 11, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass 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 Margaret Augustine:

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Funeral for Sister Margaret Augustine:

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Left: Nancy Jane, the future Sister Margaret, age 2, 1942. Center: Nancy Jane Exworthy, the future Sister Margaret Exworthy, at her graduation from Dominican High School, Detroit, June 1958

From left: Sisters Imelda Marie Eckhoff, left, and Margaret Exworthy at the 2009 Florida Chapter Assembly. Reception, December 30, 1958

From left: Attending a farewell party for Sister Diane Odette in West Palm Beach, Florida, August 15, 2011, are: back row, from left, Sisters Mary Therese Napolitan, Eileen Sullivan, Jean Crane, Margaret Exworthy, Diane Odette, and Anne Liam Lees, and front row, from left, Sisters Lorraine Sinn, Frances Madigan, Carmen Alvarez, Anne Richard Baker, and Mary Jean Clemenger. Sisters Mary Rose Hochanadel, left, and Margaret Exworthy, Rosarian Academy, West Palm Beach,1991

From left: From left, members of the Treasure Coast Mission Group, Sisters Teresita Ruiz, Margarita Ruiz, Grace Flowers, Margaret Exworthy, Mary Jean Clemenger, and Associate Maria McCadden at the opening of General Chapter, October 2015. Members of the Treasure Coast Mission Group include, seated, from left, Sisters Shirley Boettcher and Margaret Exworthy and standing, from left, Associate Maria McCadden and Sister Mary Jean Clemenger.

Members of the 2018 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Margaret Exworthy, Judith Ann Nelson, Patricia Siemen (Prioress), and Rita Eileen Dean; fourth row, from left, Sisters Mary Anne Yanz, Charlotte Anne Swift, and Joan Hinz; third row, from left, Sisters Patricia Dulka, Iva Gregory, Marilyn Barnett, and Attracta Kelly; second row, from left, Sisters Mary Katherine Dolan, Maureen Fenlon, Patricia Stellmah, Beverly Stark, and Annette Marie Sinagra; and front row, from left, Sisters Kathleen Clausen, Mary Miday, Maria Odelia Romero, Carol Bollin, Veronica Kelley, and Sharon Beckmann.

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