In Memoriam


(1920-2017)

Sister Helen Walsh, formerly known as Sister Rose Michaeleen Walsh, died on May 10, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 96 years of age and in the 72nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Helen was born in Chicago to William and Rosemary (O’Sullivan) Walsh. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; a master’s degree in English from Loyola University, Chicago; and a Master of Education degree in special education from Wayne State University, Detroit. 

Sister Helen ministered for ten years in elementary and secondary education in Adrian, Detroit, and Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, including six years as principal/teacher; for eight years in elementary education in Chicago, Illinois; and four years as elementary school principal/teacher in Defiance, Ohio. She taught for three years at Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida.

Sister also ministered in social work and pastoral work for seven years in Toledo, Ohio, and was chaplain and teacher of women prisoners for four years in Detroit and Warren, Michigan. She ministered in adult religious education for five years in Oakland and San Anselmo, California and taught in the Upward Bound Program for half a year in Oakland. She was Activities Director for three years at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, and for one year at Villa Serra in Salinas, California. 

Sister Helen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2010. She was preceded in death by cousins Sister Michael Joseph Connery, Sister Marie Camilla Connery, and Sister Ellen Richard McTaggart, all members of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Helen is survived by a brother, Joseph Walsh, of Lagunitas, California, and a sister, Mary Jo Walsh, of Portage, Michigan.

Rite of Committal (burial) will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017, immediately after the 10:30 am Mass in the Congregation Cemetery. Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembering will be scheduled for a later date.

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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

   
RIGHT: Celebrating their 25th in Florida in 1971 are, from left, Sisters Helen Walsh, Mary J. Beaubien, and Barbara Gass.

 

   
LEFT: From left, Rosemary and Helen Walsh. RIGHT: Sister Helen, left, and Sister Claire, a Columban Sister, on one of the Boston Tea Party ships in Boston Harbor, 1976

   
RIGHT: Sister Helen with her parents, Reception Day 1945

 

   
LEFT: Sister Monica Kim, left, and Sister Helen with Sister Helen’s 50-year Jubilee cake

 

   
RIGHT: At Villa Sierra, California


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(1921-2017)

Sister Helen Sorich, known also as Sister John Christine, was born on September 26, 1921, in Preko, Yugoslavia. She was the second of five children born to John and Christina Sorich. Preko was also the birthplace of her parents. It is one of several small settlements on a Croatian island that makes up the Zadar Archipelago along the Dalmatian Coastline.

Two years after she was born, Sister Helen and her older sister, Elizabeth, traveled with their mother to the U.S. to join their father, who had found work and a home for them in Chicago. In her autobiography, she wrote:

In 1923 my mom, my older sister Elizabeth, who was four years old, and I, age two, left this land for America. We traveled to the United States on the Martha Washington for twenty-three days. When we landed on Ellis Island, my mom must have shown extreme bewilderment because my dad wasn’t there to meet us. As luck, or fate, would have it, a gentleman, who was on the same ship, came over and asked my mom where she was headed. When she told him Chicago, he proceeded to take us to the train headed for Chicago. What a thrilling moment it must have been for Pa and Ma and us to be re-united here in the U.S.A. What brave people our parents were to venture on to a new land.

My dad had a job in a sausage factory and we lived in the flat above the factory. It was there that another sister, Therese, and my two brothers, Nick and Tony, were born. We attended Nativity School where we received our elementary education from the Sisters of St. Joseph.

As for mom, she was always there for us. She was always there usually in the kitchen. I can’t imagine what I would have ever done, if she didn’t respond. Many is the time we hurried home in order to get the crust of her homemade bread with a bit of sugar sprinkled over it. 

When I was in the seventh grade, my Pa suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in July 1935 and died. As I watched and observed the grief of my mom at the loss of her husband and our father, I realized how our God supplies His lasting love, strength, and courage. My mom exemplified that valiant woman who through this great loss raised her children. 

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(1923-2017)

Sister Anne Marie Snyder was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 25, 1923. She was one of nine children born to Frank and Mary (Sadar) Snyder. 

Sister Anne’s father was born in Slovenia, in Yugoslavia. When he was an infant, his mother died and he was brought to the United States by his godmother. Sister Anne’s mother was born in Cleveland and had three sisters. Her oldest sister entered our Congregation and was known as Sister Regina Clare Sadar. Her younger sister entered the St. Joseph Sisters in Euclid, Ohio, and was known as Sister Ann Joseph.

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Sister Mary D. O'Conner

(1940-2016)

As each of us allows the beauty and love of God to shine through us, we free those around us to do the same

Sister Michele Kopp, born on October 8, 1940, in Flasher, North Dakota, was one of five children born to Bert and Angela (Gustin) Kopp. Her two brothers are Marvin and Stephen. Her two sisters, Theodora and Antoinette, are deceased. Both of her parents were born in North Dakota: her father in Raleigh and her mother in Flasher.  

How does a North Dakotan link up with the Edmonds Dominicans in that state of Washington? Sister Michele gave the following explanation. 

I’m a “transplant” from North Dakota to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula where I first met our Dominican Sisters as a second grader. This relationship continued as I attended Holy Angels Academy in Seattle as a boarder.  

After graduating from Holy Angels Academy in June 1958, Sister Michele entered the Edmonds postulate in September at the age of seventeen. Following first profession two years later on June 14, 1961, she studied at Providence Heights College for two years and then finished her undergraduate studies the next year at Seattle University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. 

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