In Memoriam


(1939-2017)

Sister Jude Van Baalen, formerly known as Jude Marie Van Baalen, died on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 78 years of age and in the 59th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Detroit to Edward and Susan (Flanagan) Van Baalen. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in speech from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a Master of Religious Education degree from Seattle University. 

Sister Jude ministered in elementary education for 10 years in Munising and Escanaba, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Solen, North Dakota. She also served for 45½ years in a variety of pastoral ministries in Adrian, Detroit, New Baltimore, and Sterling Heights, Michigan; Solen, North Dakota; Sherburn and Tracy, Minnesota; and Prince George, BC, Canada. This includes serving for six years as Director of Candidates for the Adrian Dominican Sisters and five years as a professor at Siena Heights College.

Sister Jude was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Edward, and her Sister Mary. She is survived by brothers Paul of Warren and Marc of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and two sisters: Ann Bertolini of Hudson, Florida, and Sister Susan Van Baalen, also an Adrian Dominican Sister.

Welcome of Sister Jude will be on Thursday, November 16, 2017, 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 of the Dominican Life Center. 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 Friday, November 17, 2017, 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.

 

Left: Gathered together in Prince George, British Columbia in November 2009 are, from left: Bishop Gerald Wiesner, OMI; Sister Kathy Nolan, OP, guest; Sister Jude; Father Richard Beaudette, OMI; and Sisters Tarianne De Yonker, OP, Jean Marie Lehtinen, OP, and Beverly Bobola, OP.


Left: Sister Jude with her brother Paul. Right: Sisters Jude (left) and Susan Van Baalen with their mother 


Left: The Van Baalen family. Right: Sister Jude at her reception, 1959


Left: From left, Sisters Susan Van Baalen, Jude Van Baalen, Beverly Bobola, and Kathy Nolan on the occasion of Sister Kathy’s move to join the community at Prince George, British Columbia. Right: Sister Jude, left, with Sister Eunice Drazba


2017 Diamond Jubilarians, the reception crowd of December 27, 1957, are back row, from left: Sisters Frances Lombaer, Bernitha Glombowski, Evelyn Irene Montez, Patricia Siemen (Prioress), Mary Ann Phillip, Mary Therese Napolitan, and Joella Miller; middle row, from left: Sisters Janet Traut, Jude Van Baalen, Joan Kowalski, Barbara Cervenka, Patricia Brady, and Margaret Ann McGuiness; and front row, from left: Sisters Helen McAllister, Susan Elaine Kresse, Helen Diane McGuirt, Eunice Drazba, and Dorothea Gramlich.

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(1941-2017)

Sister Patricia Janowicz, formerly known as Sister Mary Sigmund Janowicz, died on October 16, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 76 years of age and in the 57th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Patricia was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, to Sigmund and Frances (Lisek) Janowicz. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a Master of Education degree in Reading from Marygrove College in Detroit; a Master of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities, and a Specialist Arts degree in Administration and Supervision of Special Education, both from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Sister Patricia ministered in education for 43½ years in Michigan: as an elementary teacher for 10½ years in Paw Paw, Adrian, Belding and Detroit; as a reading consultant for seven years in Detroit and Pontiac; and a special education teacher for 26 years in New Baltimore, Petoskey, East Jordan, and Charlevoix. She also served as a transportation assistant for 10 years for the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. 

Sister Patricia became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by cousins, Mary Ann Strzensinski of Petersburg, Michigan, and Mr. and Mrs. R. Winiarski of Prudenville, Michigan.

Welcome of Sister Patricia will be on Thursday, October 19, 2017, 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 Friday, October 20, 2017 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 Patricia (Mary Sigmund):


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Funeral for Sister Patricia (Mary Sigmund):


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From left: At a party at St. Gabriel’s, Detroit, September 1968. Sister Patricia with her mother. Sister Patricia celebrates her Silver Jubilee at Weber Center, Adrian, 1985

From left: Sister Patricia, as an eighth grader, crowns the statue of Mary, 1955, St. Scholastica, Detroit. Sister Patricia with her parents.


From left: Sister Patricia’s senior picture from St. Joseph Academy, Adrian, 1959. First Communion, St. Scholastica, Detroit, May 15, 1949.


Members of the 2009 Golden Jubilee June Crowd are back row, from left, Sisters Rosemarie Kieffer, Peter Anthony Schulte, Christa Marsik, Sean Eileen Allgeyer, Sarah Ann Sharkey, Jo Ann Jauquet, and Helen Wilson; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Diane McMeekin, Susan Van Baalen, Beverly Bobola, Jean Keeley, Rosemary Zuccaro, and Joan Marie Weithman; and front row, from left, Sisters Joan Krajewski, Mary Emidio Singer, Mary Jean Clemenger, Patricia Janowicz, Delores DeBets, and Joan Christine Meerschaert, with Sister Donna Markham (Prioress).

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(1919-2017)

“Because I was born on December 6, 1919, I always knew in an unexpressed smug little way that I had something a bit more special than anyone else in my little world: MY birthday was on St. Nicholas Day. Santa Claus himself and I had a celebration in common.”

So begins the autobiography of Sister Susanne Hofweber, the second of six children born to August and Emily (Campbell) Hofweber. Baptized as Elizabeth Jane, she was the middle child of a set of three – with August (called Jack) the oldest and sister Dorothy born a year and a half after her – that was followed by a baby brother, Jimmy, who died at birth. Later, two more children, Billy and Marian, came into the family. ...

Sister Susanne was nine years old when the Great Depression hit. Her father lost his business and eventually the family was evicted from their home. As time went on, August was able to rebuild a business and even held two patents, one for the first self-contained domestic water heater and another for a process that allowed graphite to be used as a lubricant. With other investors, he was able to build that process into a thriving oil-refining company.

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(1920-2017)

Sister Helen Walsh, known also as Sister Rose Michaeleen, was born in Chicago on June 15, 1920. She was the second oldest of six children born to William and Rosemary (O’Sullivan) Walsh. 

Her parents were married at St. Bride Church on Thanksgiving Day in 1917. Because her dad was serving in the army, the couple walked out of church beneath an arch of soldier’s swords in military style. When the war ended, her father returned to his law practice. 

In her autobiography, Sister Helen described the arrival of her five siblings and the gifts of her parents.

The first child, Rosemary, was born on November 1, 1918, in a military hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. Soon the war ended and the family moved to Port Huron, my father’s birthplace. When I was expected, my father took my mother back to Chicago, where he felt the best doctors could be had. However because of the speed of my arrival, a hospital intern was in charge and I arrived late on Sunday night June 15, 1920, at South Shore Hospital. When I was four, my brother Billie was born and the story was later told that I asked my mother if she could return him get a baby that didn’t cry so much. My last three siblings, Nan, Mary Jo and Joe, were born in Port Huron and all were surrounded by doting relatives.

Read more about Sister Helen (pdf)

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.

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