In Memoriam


(1926-2020)

Sister Margaret Mehigan, formerly known as Sister Thomas Owen, died on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 74th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Margaret was born in Chicago to John and Hannah (Doherty) Mehigan. She graduated from Academy of Our Lady High School in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from De Paul University in Chicago. She was also certified as a chaplain by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

Sister spent 38 years ministering in education, counseling and pastoral work in Detroit, Michigan; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Kingman, Arizona; Des Moines, Iowa; Santurce, Puerto Rico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Chicago, Blue Island, and Streator, Illinois. This includes nine years at Aquinas Dominican High School in Chicago, an institution of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. 

In addition, Sister Margaret ministered in Congregation leadership positions and sponsorship/mission effectiveness for 16½ years in Santa Cruz, California; Hometown, Illinois; and Adrian, Michigan. This includes 7½ years in Adrian and 3½ years at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, where she coordinated mission effectiveness. 

Sister Margaret became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2008. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, John J. Mehigan and Owen Patrick Mehigan; and a sister, Sister Anna Marie Mehigan, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield (Illinois). She is survived by a loving niece 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 Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 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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(1933-2020)

Sister Pauline Richter, formerly known as Sister Rose Angeline, died on Monday, May 18, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Pauline was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Otto and Mary (Hauschel) Richter. She graduated from St. Mary High School in Albuquerque, and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She was also licensed as a physical therapist by the Pima Medical Institute in Albuquerque.

Sister Pauline spent 18½ years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Wilmette, Chicago, Harvey, and Hometown, Illinois and in Detroit, Iron River, Anchorville, and Utica, Michigan. This includes one year at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, and one year at Aquinas Dominican High School in Chicago, both institutions of the Congregation. She was also a physical therapist for the Dominican Life Center in Adrian for more than nine years, and in nursing and dietary services for more than 14 years in Albuquerque. 

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents and her step-father, Anthony Richter, and a sister, Nadine Stroud. She is survived by sisters Maxine Garcia and Norma Stoll of Albuquerque; half-sisters Georgia Kincaid of Albuquerque, Mary Antonette Kropog (Nicholas) of Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Sheryl Warden of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; loving nieces and nephews; 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 Thursday, May 21, 2020, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 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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(1920-2020)

Sister Thomas Josephine Lawler, baptized Julia Jeanette Lawler, died on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 99 years of age and in the 78th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Thomas Josephine was born in Chicago to Thomas and Josephine (Schriber) Lawler. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in education from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; a master’s degree in applied theology from Graduate Theological Union in Berkley, California; and a doctorate in pastoral ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California.

Sister ministered for 28½ years in elementary and secondary education in Detroit and Owosso, Michigan and in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Oakland, California. During those years, she was also Dean of Studies and Assistant Principal in Santa Cruz and Oakland for 13 years.

Sister Thomas Josephine was Assistant Provincial Administrator for three years in Oakland and served the elderly for 19 years through Catholic Charities, both in Oakland and Los Angeles. In 1994, she had a book published, Good News for Your Autumn Years: Reflections on the Gospel of Luke, and the accompanying Leader’s Guide. From 1993 to 2007, she assisted the elderly in spiritual direction in Los Angeles and in Santa Cruz. 

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2010. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Josephine Latiolait; and brothers Thomas Lawler and Harold Lawler. She is survived by loving nephews 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 Monday, May 18, 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 19, 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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(1933-2020)

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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Vigil for Sister Barbara

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Funeral for Sister Barbara:

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