In Memoriam


(1937-2018)

Sister Hilda Nadine Sheehan, formerly known as Sister Carl Edward Sheehan, died on Thursday, October 4, 2018, while attending a gathering of the Dominican Sisters Conference at the Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining, New York. She was 81 years of age and in the 62nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Nadine was born in Rochester, Michigan, to Edward and Irene (Egan) Sheehan. She graduated from Rochester High School and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in biology from Kansas State College in Pittsburg, Kansas; a Registered Nursing degree from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit; and a Family Practitioner degree from Georgia Southern College in Statesboro.  

Sister Nadine spent 11 years ministering in elementary education in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois, and seven years as assistant principal in Detroit. She was principal for one year at Rosary High School and treasurer for three years at Dominican High School, both Adrian Dominican-sponsored institutions in Detroit. 

Sister Nadine was a staff nurse for two years at the Adrian Dominican-sponsored Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, and for one year in Statesboro, Georgia. She practiced as a family nurse practitioner for 14 years in Columbia and Olive Hill, Kentucky, and in Saginaw and Adrian, Michigan. She was a primary care clinic nurse for 13 years in Clinton Township and Mount Clemens, Michigan, and was a volunteer in health services for three years at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. 

In 2017, she was appointed Vicaress of the Sisters in the Adrian Dominican Vicariate, where she served until her death. 

Sister was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by three sisters: Laurine Jessop of Sterling Heights, Sharon Crisan of Rochester, and Jacqueline Noonan of Utica, all in Michigan, one brother, Carl, of Bozeman, Montana.

Welcome of Sister Nadine will be on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 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 Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 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.

 

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Photo on left: Members of the 2004 General Chapter Secretarial Committee are, from left, Sisters Joan Marconi, Dorothy Guettler, Louise Borgacz, Dorothy Booms, Barbara Hehr, and Nadine Sheehan.
Photo on right: Members of the Lumen Mission Group, gathering in 2004, were: front row, from left, Sisters Bonnie Motto and Jeanine Boivin and Associate Marilyn Glanert; row two, from left, Sisters Jude Van Baalen, Mary Jones, and Rosemary Zuccaro; third row, from left, Sister Janet Schaeffler, Emily Malleis (in formation to be a Sister), and Peg O’Flynn; and back row, from left, Sisters Tarianne DeYonker, Mary Ann Konieski, and Nadine Sheehan.



Photo on right: Enjoying their time together are: back row, from left, Sisters Nadine Sheehan and Mary Louise Gass and front row, from left, Sisters Norma Dell and Mary Kay Homan.



Photo on left: Sister Nadine, left, with Sister Janet Schaeffler.
Photo on right: Sister Nadine Sheehan prepares a Chinese lantern that she released during a picnic with other Dominican Sisters hours before she died on October 4.



Members of the 2006 Golden Jubilee Class, August Reception Crowd, are: back row, from left, Sisters Jean Harlan, Donna Kustusch, Janet Capone, Ann Marie Petri, and Rosalie Bulanda; middle row, from left, Sisters Joan Christie, Annette Desloover, Ann Englert, Denise Devitt, Hilda Nadine Sheehan, and Ruth Adamites; and front row, from left, Sisters Marilee Ewing, Helen Essa, Joanne Spisz, and Maria Caridad Pinuela.


(1927-2018)

Sister Virginia O’Reilly, formerly known as Sister Joan Patricia O’Reilly, died on September 24, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 91 years of age and in the 75th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Virginia was born in Detroit to George and Alice (Hall) O’Reilly. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida; a master’s degree in mathematics from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; a master’s degree in guidance from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. 

Sister spent 28½ years ministering in education in Chicago and St. Charles, Illinois; Miami Beach, Florida; Rome, Georgia; and Detroit, Royal Oak, Adrian, and Madison Heights, Michigan. She was Chairperson of the Math Department of St. Dominic College in St. Charles, Illinois, from 1964 to 1967.

Sister Virginia ministered for 15 years as a psychologist and clinical psychologist in Montara, Los Altos, south San Francisco and Oakland, California; Port Huron, Michigan; Scotia, Schenectady, and Albany, New York; and Kensington, South Africa. Sister held the position of Director of Studies for two years and Director of Research for one year for the Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

Sister Virginia became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2005 and served for three years as library assistant. She is survived by a sister, Patricia Rush of Schenectady, New York, and was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Joan.

Welcome of Sister Virginia will be on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 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 Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Service 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 Virginia (Joan Patricia):


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Right: Sister Virginia in the arms of her grandmother, Detroit, August 1927


Left: Sister Virginia poses with her nieces, Virginia and Kathleen McNamara.


Left: Sister Mary Frances Coleman, left, Director of Education, and Sister Virginia O’Reilly, Regent of Studies, during General Chapter 1968.


From left: From left, Sisters Nelda Klein, Patricia Spangler, Frances Lombaer, and Virginia O’Reilly, probably celebrating Sister Virginia’s PhD. Sister Virginia teaches Sisters Jane Frances and Justina, delegates for their General Chapter, about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator through the use of tinker toys, Bedfordview, South Africa, December 1985.


From left: From left, Sisters Mary Louise Gass, Kathy Erard, and Virginia O’Reilly. Sisters Celeste Bourke, left, and Virginia O’Reilly in California, 2002


Left: Members of the 2002 Diamond Jubilee Class are, back row, from left, Sisters Mary Willard Reagan, Eileen Hussey, and Virginia O’Reilly, and, front row, from left, Sisters Marcella LaKoske, Miriam Joseph Lekan, and Cecilia Marie Brown. 

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(1932-2018)

Sister Jean Rosaria Fisch, formerly known as Rita May Fisch, died on September 8, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center, Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Jean Rosaria was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Ervin and Helen (Umland) Fisch. She graduated from Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, and received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in administration/school supervision, both from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida. 

Sister spent 29 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan; Miami Shores, Florida; the Dominican Republic; and Puerto Rico. This includes 15 years as principal at St. Rose of Lima School in Miami Shores. She also served in pastoral ministry for 37 years in Miami Shores and Plantation, Florida, which includes 26 years at St. Gregory Parish in Plantation.

Sister Jean Rosaria was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Jean Rosaria will be on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 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 Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 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 gift

Memorial 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 Jean Rosaria:

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Center: Sister Jean Rosaria in the school office, 1966 or 1967

From left: Sisters Jean Rosaria Fisch (left) and Joan Leo Kehn. Sister Jean Rosaria, right, with her good friend, Annette Thornton

Members of the Sandpiper Mission Group, shown in this 1997-1998 photo, are, back row, from left, Sisters Beverly Bobola, Frances Madigan, Anne Gallagher, Jean Rosaria Fisch, Joan Leo Kehn, Elizabeth Ross, and Joan Mary Dwyer. In the middle row, from left, are Sisters Mary Rose Hochanadel, Joan Petz, and Kathleen Therese McCann; Associate Christa Rusch; and Sisters Mary Reilly and Joan Marconi. In the front row, from left, are Sisters Eleanor Dougherty, Mary L. Russell, Mary Dougherty, and Lorraine Sinn.

Back row, from left, Sisters Jean Rosaria Fisch and Frances Madigan, Associate Patricia O’Neill, and Sisters Joan Lee Kehn and Mary Therese Napolitan, and front row, from left, Sisters Lorraine Sinn and Elizabeth Ross

From left: From left, John Usyk, Sister Jean Rosaria Fisch, the late Monsignor Noel Fogarty, Adrian Dominican Associate Patricia O’Neill, and Patricia Usyk at St. Gregory the Great Church in Plantation, Florida. Sister Jean Rosaria celebrates her 85th birthday on May 24, 2017, at St Gregory Parish in Plantation, Florida.

Members of the 2000 Golden Jubilee Class – those who made reception on August 8, 1950, are: back row, from left, Sisters Carol Johannes, Mary Mackert, Paul James Villemure, Kathleen Sutherland, Mary Anthony Marelli, Jean Rosaria Fisch, Anne Elizabeth Monahan, Barbara Hubbard, Theodora McKennan, and Michael Claire Wilson; and front row, from left, Sisters Rina Cappellazzo, Joan Marconi, Diane Erbacher, Joan Petz, Anthonita Porta, Charlotte Francis Moser, Virginia Cushing, Michael Thomas Watson, Mary Louise Gass, Barbara Ann Mason, and Mary Jo Sieg. Not pictured are Sisters Joan Kathleen Lorencz, Joseph Eugene Fogarty, and Florence Marie Viaches.

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(1934-2018)

Sister Patricia Spangler, formerly known as Sister Anne Robert Spangler, died on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 83 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Patricia was born in Chicago to Robert and Anna (Rezac) Spangler. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a Master of Education degree from DePaul University in Chicago; and a Master of Christian Spirituality degree in Spiritual Theology from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Sister Patricia spent 21 years ministering in education in Detroit and Newberry, Michigan and in Chicago, Rockford, Wilmette, and Arlington Heights, Illinois. She also spent 20 years in pastoral, spiritual, and adult formation ministries in Adrian, Michigan; Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona; Mountainair and Santa Fe, New Mexico; Santa Ana and Malibu, California; Morehead, Kentucky; and Leawood, Kansas. She served as driver for the Transportation Services at Maria Health Care Center in Adrian for one year and became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2013.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James, Robert, and William; and sisters, Betty and Marianne. She is survived by a brother, Thomas Spangler, of Lemont, Illinois.

Welcome of Sister Patricia will be on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 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 Thursday, August 2, 2018, 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.

 

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Far right: Sister Patricia, right, and her friends draw water from the oldest well in Manzano, New Mexico, 1977.


Left photo: From left, Sisters Joan Mary, Patricia Spangler, Jean Keeley, Grace Dougherty, and Mary Rita McSweeney. Right photo: Sister Patricia and friend in Morehead, Kentucky.


Left photo: Sister Patricia takes notes during a Chapter Assembly.Right photo: Sisters Patricia (left) and Eileen Meyers at a Congregational gathering,Transformations ’89.


Members of the 2001 Golden Jubilee class are: front row, from left, Sisters Betty Lou Myers, Robert Irene Buchanan, Marilyn Foster, Marion Coppe, June Racicot, Veronica Gonthier, and Patricia Spangler; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Alan Stuart, Jane Robert Stuckel, Helen Mantovani, Thomas Leo Monahan, Helen Laier, Patricia Dolan, Diana Marie Pellegrino, Angela Susalla, Mary Catherine Nolan, and Barbara Ann Hehr; and back row, from left, Sisters Anne Beauvais, Joan Weitz, Nancy Fischer, Mary Alice Naour, Helen Belsito, Mary Louise Head, Patricia Eileen Consier, Patricia J. Walsh, and Celeste Mary Bourke.

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