In Memoriam


Sister Christine Ostrowski, formerly known as Sister Ann Leonard Ostrowski, died on Thursday, November 23, 2017, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 73 years of age and in the 54th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Detroit to Leonard and Helen (Wolkiewicz) Ostrowski. She graduated from Rosary High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights University (College) and a master’s degree in education from San Francisco State University.   

Sister Christine ministered for 53½ years in elementary education in Detroit and Ruth, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and San Francisco and Burlingame, California. This includes her service as a teacher for 36 years at St. Brenden School in San Francisco, and for 11 years at Our Lady of the Angels School in Burlingame. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2017.

Sister Christine was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Kathleen, and is survived by her sister Sharon (Bill) Di Giovanni of Sterling Heights, Michigan, and brothers, Michael (Linda) who lives in Florida and Richard (Linda) who lives in Oklahoma.  

Welcome of Sister Christine will be on Wednesday, November 29, 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 Thursday, November 30, 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-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.


Funeral for Sister Christine (Ann Leonard):

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Vigil for Sister Christine (Ann Leonard):

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Left: Pictured during a mission group meeting in August 1991,  Hollister, California, are, from left: Sisters Helen Walsh, Christine Ostrowski, Francis John Rzeppa, and Jane Celeste Fries. Right: Christine holds her baby sister Sharon, May 1949


Left: From left, Sister Diane Erbacher; Sharon Di Giovanni, Sister Christine’s sister; Sister Christine; and Pam, Sister Christine’s niece


Left: The Do family, an immigrant family welcomed by St. Brendan Parish in San Francisco, pose with Sisters Diane Erbach (left) and Sister Christine. Right: Celebrating Sister Christine’s Jubilee are, from left, Sharon DiGiovanni, her sister; Sister Diane Erbacher; Sister Christine; and Bill DiGiovanni, Sharon’s husband. 


Members of the 2012 Golden Jubilee crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Mary Rae Waller, Mary Hrovat, Mary Ellen Youngblood, Attracta Kelly (Prioress), and Mary Alice Hoff; middle row, from left, Sisters Janet Schaeffler, Christine Ostrowski, Mary Ann Dardy, Marianne Supan, and Marie Breitenbeck; and front row, from left, Sisters Mary Lisa Rieman, Lorraine Morin, Bonnie Motto, and Lenore Boivin. Not pictured are Sisters Linda Bevilacqua and Marie Michaella Siplak.

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