In Memoriam


Sister Anne Bernadette Stein, formerly known as Ruth Marie Stein, died on November 1, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 92 years of age and in the 71st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Anne Bernadette was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Anthony and Frances (Stibich) Stein. She graduated from St. Paul High School in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Sister spent 25 years ministering in secondary education in Santa Cruz, California; St. Charles, Chicago, Wilmette, and Elgin, Illinois; and Farmington, Michigan. This includes 18 years at Congregation institutions: Mt. St. Mary in St. Charles, Aquinas High School in Chicago, and Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, all in Illinois. 

From 1973 to 1986, Sister Anne Bernadette was a secretary at University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and in 1987, she began her 11-year position as bookkeeper at the Ann Arbor Credit Bureau. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2012.

Sister Anne Bernadette is survived by a sister, Barbara Pendolino (Gilbert). She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Eugene; a sister, Dorothy; and cousins: Sister Shirley Ruder, Sister Coronata Stein, and Sister Marie Elizabeth Doherty, also Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Anne Bernadette will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Adrian Room of Madden Hall; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Adrian Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in Holy Rosary Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in Holy Rosary Chapel on Thursday, November 8, 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 Anne Bernadette:

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Funeral for Sister Anne Bernadette:

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From left: Sister Anne Bernadette’s parents, Anthony and Frances (Stibich) Stein. Ruth Marie (Sister Anne Bernadette), left, and her sister Donna

From left: Sister Anne Bernadette and other faculty members visit a research lab during a field trip for chemistry students of Mount St. Mary Academy, St. Charles, Illinois, 1952. Sisters Elaine Scanlon, Kathleen Scanlon, and Anne Bernadette Stein, October 1969

From left: Sisters Joann Weigang, Jean Charles Birney, and Anne Bernadette Stein enjoy the 2002 Gathering in Adrian. Sister Anne Bernadette Stein, Nurse’s Aide Kelly Houghton, and Larry the Cow

Members of the 2006 Diamond Jubilee class are: back row, from left, Sisters Jean Fitzgerald, Laura Pesick, Ann Romayne Fallon, Joan Donovan, Edith Kathleen Zemke, Jean Librizzi, Georgina Luznicky, Beverly McEachin, Helen McDaniel, and Mildred Ann Huber; middle row, from left, Sisters Anne Richard Baker, Mary L. Russell, Anne Bernadette Stein, Joyce Mary Rybarczyk, Patricia Cecile Slattery, Denise Walsh, Elizabeth Francis Tekaucic, Sheila N. Flynn, Jeri Renner, Winifred Lynch, Ann Patrice  Remkus, Therese Groulx, and Jean Irene McAllister; and front row, from left: Barbara Wetterer, Mary Therese Guigar, Virginia Therese Conway, Jean Anthony Sporer, and Michele Gebhardt.

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