In Memoriam


Sister Denise Devitt, formerly known as Sister Thomas Irene Devitt, died on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 82 years of age and in the 63rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Denise was born in Chicago to Thomas and Irene (Mackey) Devitt. Sister graduated from Loretto Academy in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in speech and drama from Catholic University in Washington, D.C; and a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola College in Columbia, Maryland. 

Sister Denise spent 30 years ministering in elementary and secondary education, in Elmhurst, Chicago, Elgin, Lombard, Westchester, and Wilmette, Illinois. This includes 15 years at Congregation-sponsored institutions: Aquinas High School in Chicago and Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette. 

Sister served for three years in Congregation leadership as Chapter Prioress of the Upper Midwest Chapter, from 1982 to 1985. She served as a pastoral minister for 12 years in Calumet City, Orland Hills, Darien, and Evanston, Illinois. 

Sister Denise became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Patricia Walsh; and an aunt, Sister Catherine Dennis Mackey, also an Adrian Dominican Sister. She is survived by loving nephews and a niece and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Welcome of Sister Denise will be on Sunday, February 9, 2020, 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 Mass of Christian burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Monday, February 10, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Mass of Christian Burial 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 Denise (Thomas Irene):

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Right: Denise Devitt, on the day of her First Holy Communion, poses with her little sister Patricia. 

Left: Sister Denise Devitt presents a small potted plant to Sister Rita Crotty during an Assembly of the Upper Midwest Mission Chapter.

From left: Sister Denise Devitt, right, with her maternal aunt, Sister Catherine Dennis Mackey. From left, Sisters Pauline Opliger, Cecilia Marie Brown, Bernice Olszewski, Denise Devitt, Catherine Siena Fisher, and Ann Kelly

From left: From left, Sisters Denise Devitt, Marianne Supan, Donna Joan Mehney, and Marjorie Delaplane. From left, Sisters Donna Joan Mehney, Denise Devitt, and Marjorie Delaplane

Members of the 2006 Golden Jubilee August Reception crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Jean Harlan, Donna Kustusch, Janet Capone, Ann Marie Petri, and Rosalie Bulanda; middle row, from left, Sisters Joan Christie, Annette Desloover, Ann Englert, Denise Devitt, Hilda Nadine Sheehan, and Ruth Adamites; and front row, from left, Sisters Marilee Ewing, Helen Essa, Joanne Spisz, and Maria Caridad Pinuela.

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