In Memoriam


Sister Kathleen Donnelly, formerly known as Sister Charles Mary Donnelly, died on April 2, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 96 years of age and in the 79th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Kathleen was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, to Charles and Kathleen (O’Hare) Donnelly. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in education, both from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida.

Sister spent 70 years ministering in elementary education in Detroit, Michigan; Miami Beach, Pensacola, Jacksonville, Hollywood, St. Petersburg, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, Florida; and in Chicago, Illinois. She was principal for six years at Sacred Heart School in Pensacola, seven years at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School in Ft. Lauderdale, and 35 years at St. Hugh School in Miami, all in Florida. Sister Kathleen also volunteered in pastoral ministry for 1½ years at St. Patrick Parish in Miami Beach. 

Sister Kathleen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Betty Jane Spencer. She is survived by a sister, Patricia Lechifflard of Lake Worth, Florida, and loving nieces and nephews.

Welcome of Sister Kathleen will be on Monday, April 9, 2018, 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 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 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.



Left: Sister Kathleen, principal, and Sister Ann Marie Meagher, assistant  principal, worked together at St. Anastasia, Fort Pierce, Florida.

Left: Sister Kathleen Donnelly with her parents. Right: Sister Kathleen, left, helps to celebrate the Double-Diamond Jubilee (70 years) of Sister Joan Marie Meidinger at the Casa Maria Residence in West Palm Beach, Florida, in June 1996.

Right: Sister Kathleen, standing, and Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together, 2014.

Sister Kathleen graduates with her master’s degree from Barry College (University), Miami Shores, Florida, on June 30, 1957.

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