In Memoriam


(1921-2017)

Sister Helen Sorich, formerly known as Sister John Christine Sorich, died on April 4, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 95 years of age and in the 77th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Helen was born in Preko, Yugoslavia, to John and Christina Sorich. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor of philosophy degree in history and a master of education degree in administration, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She was also certified in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago.

Sister spent 45 years ministering in education in Detroit, Inkster, St. Joseph, and Hudson, Michigan; Oceanside, California; and Chicago, Hometown, and Mundelein, Illinois. From 1964 to 1970 she was principal at Sacred Heart School in Hudson, Michigan, and from 1986 to 1999 she ministered to the sick and shut-ins at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Oak Lawn, Illinois. 

Sister Helen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 1999. She is survived by a brother, Anthony Sorich of Cerritos, California, and loving nieces.  She was preceded in death by three cousins, Sister Margaret Sorich, Sister Mary Sorich, and Sister Ann Philip Cotta, all Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Helen will be on Thursday, April 6, 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, April 7, 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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

Vigil for Sister Helen (John Christine):


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Funeral for Sister Helen (John Christine):


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LEFT: From left, Sisters Helen Sorich, Helen Mantovani, Eleanor Stech, and Marcine Klemm enjoy time with therapy dogs Babe, Dearie, and Honey.

 

   
LEFT: Sister Helen, right, celebrates her eighth-grade graduation with her sister Elizabeth.

 

   
LEFT: Sisters Helen (right) and Mary Sorich during a tour of Rome. RIGHT: Sisters Helen and Mary Sorich enjoy a boat ride around Manhattan Island, New York, in June 1986.

 

Members of the 1999 Diamond (60-year) Jubilee Class, who made profession in April 1940 are: seated, Sister Johnine Heinze; front row, from left, Sisters Mary Sean Kearns, Maria Amada Garcia, Helen Patrick Bartley, and Mary Catherine Daley; and back row, from left, Sisters Helen Sorich and Ita Marie Brennan.
 

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(1923-2017)

Sister Anne Marie Snyder, formerly known as Sister John Vianney Snyder, died on March 30, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 76th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Anne Marie was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Frank and Mary (Sadar) Snyder. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in Cleveland and received a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in English, and a Master of Education degree in administration, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. Sister Anne Marie also was a chaplain, certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.  

Sister ministered for 31½ years in education in Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Toledo, Wickliffe, and Cincinnati, Ohio; and Gilbert, and Casa Grande, Arizona. She was principal for five years at Nativity School in Cleveland. Sister was also a staff member for four years at St. Theresa Home in Cincinnati, Ohio, and four years at Casa Maria Retirement Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. 

Sister Anne Marie was a pastoral-care worker for 12 years at St. Alexis Hospital in Cleveland and a staff member and driver for seven years in the Florida Chapter Office in West Palm Beach. 

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2001. She  is survived by two brothers, Joseph Snyder of Sagamore Hills, and Paul Snyder of Brecksville, and a sister, Jean McGrath of Cleveland, all in Ohio. She was preceded in death by an aunt, Sister Regina Clare Sadar, also an Adrian Dominican.Welcome of Sister Anne Marie will be on Monday, April 3, 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 pm in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer 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 Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

Vigil for Sister Anne Marie (John Vianney):


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Funeral for Sister Anne Marie (John Vianney):


 

   
LEFT: Sister Anne Marie Snyder with her family, circa 1945-1950

 

   
LEFT: Sister Anne Marie, left, with Christa Rusch, Associate, at Florida Chapter Assembly, 1996 RIGHT: From left, Sisters Anne Marie Snyder, Patricia O’Reilly, and Ellen Hirzel

 


   
LEFT: Sister Anne Marie teaches a summer religion class in Quemado, New Mexico, 1952 RIGHT: Sister Anne Marie, center, with other members of the pastoral care team at St. Alexis Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio

 

   
LEFT: Sister Anne Marie receives the Freedom Foundation Teacher’s Award, May 1969. RIGHT: As chaplain at St. Alexis Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio

 

   
LEFT: Ministering as assistant administrator at St. Theresa Home, Cincinnati, Ohio

 

   
LEFT: On her 90th birthday, February 25, 2013 RIGHT: Sister Janet Capone, left, then Prioress, with Sister Anne Marie during Sister Anne Marie’s 60th Jubilee, 2001

 

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

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(1938-2016)

Sister Joan Mary Dwyer was born in Detroit on April 1, 1938, to Clifford and Vivian (Adkins) Dwyer. Her father was Catholic, but not her mother. Two weeks after she was born, Joan developed pneumonia and received an emergency baptism and the name Joan Patricia. She was formally baptized before her First Communion on March 23, 1947.   

In her autobiography, Sister Joan said that her parents divorced and remarried and that she was the oldest of four brothers and three sisters.

Read more about Sister Joan Mary (pdf)

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