In Memoriam

Sister Barbara Hubbard, OP


Sister Barbara Hubbard, formerly known as Sister Alice Josepha Hubbard, died on May 18, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 87 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Barbara was born in Royal Oak, Michigan to Joseph and Margaret (Graffy) Hubbard. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Royal Oak, Michigan and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and a master’s degree in English from University of Detroit (Detroit-Mercy).

Sister ministered in elementary and secondary school and adult education for 26 years in St. Joseph and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; St. Charles, Illinois; Winslow, Arizona; Belmont, California; and Dedza, Malawi, East Africa, where she taught at Mtendere Secondary School for four years. This includes five years at Mt. St. Mary Academy, an institution of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in St. Charles, Illinois.

Sister Barbara spent 26½ years in retreat and pastoral ministry in Troy, Michigan; Los Altos, California; and Edisto Island, South Carolina. She was a member of the formation team at St. Mary Leadership Center in Kabwe, Zambia, Central Africa for 1½ years.

Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2006. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Giffels, of Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Welcome of Sister Barbara will be on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 pm 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 Wednesday, May 23, 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.


Vigil for Sister Barbara (Alice Josepha):

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Funeral for Sister Barbara (Alice Josepha):

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Left: Sisters Elizabeth Condon, left, and Barbara Hubbard at Sea of Peace House of Prayer, Edisto Island, South Carolina. Right: Sister Barbara reads to her sister Elizabeth.

Left: Sisters ministering in California posed in this undated photo: back row, from left, Sisters Anne Russell, Una Deasy, Romona Nowak, and Rita Eileen Dean; middle row, from left, Sisters Mary Kathleen O’Neill, Adrienne Piennette, and Marie Wiedner; and front row, from left, Sisters Kay Muzzy, Mary Catherine Snyder, Mary Jacquemain, and Barbara Hubbard. Right: Counter-clockwise: Sisters Dorothea Gagnon, John Dorothy (Helen) Mantovani, Ann Christopher (Diane) Weifenbach, Edward Therese Halloran, Alice Josepha (Barbara) Hubbard, Anthony Irene (Marlene) Kuhnlein, and Bertha Marie O’Reilly

Center: Sisters Barbara Hubbard, left, and Elizabeth Condon in South Africa 

Left: From left, Sister Barbara Hubbard, her sister Elizabeth and Elizabeth’s husband John at Sea of Peace House of Prayer, Edisto Island, South Carolina, April 1999. Right: Sister Barbara Hubbard and her mother stand on the front porch of the convent in Sault Ste. Marie, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, January 1952

Members of the 2010 Diamond Jubilee Class are: back row, from left, Sisters Carol Johannes, Rina Cappellazzo, Joseph Eugene Fogarty, Barbara Hubbard, Mary Mackert, and Mary Louise Gass; middle row, from left, Sisters Joan Marconi, Diane Erbacher, Paul James Villemure, Charlotte Francis Moser, Mary Anthony Marelli, and Kathleen Sutherland; and front row, from left, Sisters Theodora McKennan, Mary Jo Sieg, Florence Marie Viaches, Michael Claire Wilson, Barbara Ann Mason, and Donna Markham (Prioress).


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