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The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER MARCIANA HENNIG, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life on December 4, 2016

Welcome home & Rosary on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at 3:40pm

Vigil Service on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at 7:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at 10:30am

All Services in Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth, Michigan

Angeline Hennig was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 7, 1914, the daughter of Albert and Anastasia (Ziemann) Hennig. She was a member of St. Clement Parish in Romeo, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on August 15, 1929. She received the name Sister Marciana at her reception on August 25, 1930. She pronounced first vows on August 24, 1932 and final vows on January 7, 1936.

Sister Marciana earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Nazareth College with a major in mathematics. For 35 years she taught in schools of the Congregation including: St. Philip Neri, Detroit; St. Michael, Pontiac; and St. Patrick, Portland. She also served as bookkeeper at St. Augustine School, Kalamazoo, for two years.

In 1969 she passed the civil service exam, a move that changed the course of her ministry for many years. In 1972 she was appointed the fourth Nazareth postmaster, a position that she held for the next 20 years, during which time she also served as the chaplain for the Michigan postmaster’s chapter. She appeared on the television show, “What’s My Line” in 1974 and in that same year celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Nazareth post office. In 1975 she edited the book, Serving You, a brief history of Michigan post offices. Sister was instrumental in obtaining a “first day issuance” Christmas stamp, issued from the Nazareth post office in 1985.

Sister Marciana was a woman of great faith. Dedication, prayer, readiness for challenges and a great sense of humor are qualities which characterized her life. She was energetic and talented and in her retirement years and spent much of her free time in prayer, lettering posters, tatting, doing puzzles, distributing seasonal greeting cards and visiting with the sisters in Fontbonne Manor. A favorite scripture passage which Sister Marciana held in her heart and spoke on her lips was: “Without Me, you can do nothing”. May Sister Marciana now enjoy eternal peace and joy in the presence of our God whom she loved and served so faithfully all her life.

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER MARIE BEAULAC, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life on October 22, 2016

Welcome Home and Rosary on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 3:40pm

Vigil Service on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10:30am

All Services in Holy Family Chapel
Nazareth Center, Nazareth, Michigan

Marie Therese Beaulac was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 6, 1928, the daughter of Armand and Gladys (Crusoe) Beaulac. She was a member of Saint Gertrude Parish in St. Clair Shores, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on January 2, 1947. She received the name Sister M. Donata at her reception on July 2, 1947, but later returned to her Baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on July 2, 1949 and final vows on July 2, 1952.

Sister Marie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Nazareth College. She earned a Master of Education degree in Science Education from Wayne State University in 1971 and a Master’s degree in Ministry from Creighton University in 1985, majoring in Pastoral Theology. After serving as a grade-school teacher for 17 years, a principal for five years, and a parish bookkeeper for several years, Sister Marie spent ten years as Chaplain at Borgess Hospital. She then served as Pastoral Associate at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in East Lansing and Sts. Charles and Helena in Clio. She continued her Pastoral Ministry as Pastoral Administrator at St. Cyril & Methodius Church in Wayland for 14 years. Of her service there she stated, “It’s neat seeing good things happening and to know that I had something to do with it….” She was especially pleased with the parishioners taking on leadership roles, which had not happened before. She retired to work at Nazareth as a Development Associate and continued as a Eucharistic Minister at Borgess Hospital and Borgess Gardens.

Marie was a quiet, unassuming woman, with a ready smile and hearty laugh. She enjoyed playing golf and being outdoors in nature. She was a runner in her mid-life years and enjoyed entering local races. It could be said she kept her eyes on the goal as a woman of faith. May she now enjoy the prize of eternal life with her God.

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER LYNN ROEBERT, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life on Oct. 15, 2016

Welcome Home and Rosary on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at 3:40pm

Vigil Service on Sunday, Oct.16, 2016 at 7:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, Oct. 17at 10:30am

All Services in Holy Family Chapel
Nazareth Center, Nazareth, Michigan

Lynn Roebert was born in Detroit, Michigan on, August 13, 1937 the daughter of Melbourne and June (Fehrenback) Roebert. She was a member Our Lady of Good Counsel in Detroit, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on September 1, 1955. She received the name Sister Michaela at her reception on July 2, 1956 but returned to the use of her baptismal name in later years. She pronounced first vows on July 2, 1958 and final vows on July 2, 1961.

Sister Lynn received her A.B. degree from Nazareth College in 1967 with a major in Math and a minor in Chemistry, Physics and Social Sciences. She also received her Master of Arts degree from St. Xavier in Chicago, Illinois majoring in Theology.

For 54 years, Sister Lynn served in several areas of education and educational leadership along with continued involvement in Parish Religious Education programs. Sister Lynn began her ministry of teaching at St. Augustine in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She also taught at St. Rose in Hastings, St. John Vianney in Lansing, St. Dennis and St. Cyril in Detroit. In Chicago she taught at Our Lady Gate of Heaven. She taught for 5 years at Holy Rosary in Nashville, Tennessee living with the Mercy Sisters and helping care for the aged parents of Sister Joanne Gibbons. In 1976 Sister Lynn along with Sister Joanne moved to California to care for Sister Lynn’s mother.
Here she continued her ministry in education at Sacred Heart and St. Louise DeMarillac schools. In March 2011 Sister Lynn and Sister Joanne retired and moved to Nazareth where they volunteered in the history room/archives.

Generous, caring and with a great spirit of self-giving, Sister Lynn shared knowledge, skills and a delightful sense of humor with all she met along her life’s journey. She was most grateful to her family, to the Sisters and especially to her dear friend, Sister Joanne Gibbons, for their love and support. May Sister now enjoy peace and external happiness in the presence of the God whom she served so faithfully and loved so dearly throughout her life.

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER DORIS WOOD, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life on August 20, 2016

Welcome Home and Rosary on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at 3:40pm

Vigil Service on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 7:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 10:30am

All Services in Holy Family Chapel
Nazareth Center, Nazareth, Michigan

Doris Wood was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on November 22, 1918, the daughter of Thomas and Exzilda (Bonamie) Wood. Doris was a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Flint at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on February 2, 1936. She received the name Sister Mary Albert at her reception on August 25, 1936 but later returned to the use of her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on August 26, 1938, and final vows on August 26, 1941.

Sister Doris earned an A.B. degree in Business Administration from Nazareth College and a Master of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. She pursued graduate studies at the University of Michigan and earned an Educational Specialist degree in High School Administration.

Sister Doris began teaching at St. Philip Neri and also taught at St. Margaret Mary, St. Anne, St. Michael, St. Benedict and St. Rita, all in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Additionally she taught at Mary’s in Niles and St. John Vianney in Flint, Michigan. From 1960-1963 Sister Doris taught at Nazareth College and in 1968 worked for the Kalamazoo Diocesan Education Office. She then spent 8 years as the Regional Coordinator for SSJ Administration in Flint before returning to teaching Adult Education in Port Huron, Michigan. At St. Christopher Parish in Marysville, Michigan she was the secretary and Parish Minister for 21 years. Sister Doris then retired and returned to Nazareth where she volunteered her time in Nazareth house support services.

Sr. Doris was always generous with her time and service. Even as it became more difficult for her, she used her talents as fully as possible. She was especially devoted to her friend Sister Mary Elizabeth Naughton and spent time with her daily. One could count on seeing her at every Nazareth event. She was a most loyal Sister of St. Joseph. Surely she must have heard God calling: “Come O faithful one, enter into the joy I have prepared for you.”

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER ANELDA SERVICK, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life on July 4, 2016

Welcome Home and Rosary on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 3:40pm

Vigil Service on Thursday, July 7 at 7:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 10:30am

All Services in Holy Family Chapel
Nazareth Center, Nazareth, Michigan

Loretta Servick was born in Ecorse, Michigan on July 26, 1919, the daughter of Severene (Serowick) and Casimira (Marciniak) Servick. Loretta was a member of Holy Cross Parish in Marine City at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1946. She received the name Sister Anelda at her reception on January 3, 1947. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1949, and final vows on January 3, 1952.

Sister Anelda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Nazareth College. She took many additional classes and workshops to keep herself professionally updated in the field of Education and Catechetics. Sister Anelda taught in many schools of the Congregation including St. Joseph School in Kalamazoo, St. Joseph School in Battle Creek and St. Mary School in Port Huron. She enjoyed teaching children on the primary grade level and for thirty-seven years she dedicated herself wholeheartedly to that ministry. In 1986 Sister Anelda retired and returned to Nazareth where she prepared the guest rooms and drove Sisters to doctor appointments and on shopping trips.

Sister Anelda was a woman with a warm, pleasing personality. She served others in a quiet, unassuming manner and gave generously of her time and talents to help others. She enjoyed many hobbies: arts and crafts, music, crocheting, puzzles and games. She was most grateful for God’s many graces and blessings, for the gift of faith, her vocation, family, friends and CSJ community. Her favorite Scripture passage was from Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Now the God whom Sister Anelda sought so earnestly has welcomed her home and filled her with peace and love.

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER ANN CATHERINE STEFFES, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life on May 11, 2016

Welcome Home & Rosary on Thursday, May 19 at 3:40pm

Vigil Service on Thursday, May 19 at 7:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, May 20 at 10:30am

All Services in Holy Family Chapel at Nazareth Center, Michigan

Anna Steffes was born in Maybee, Michigan on January 21, 1919, the daughter of Frederick and Magdalen (Eby) Steffes. At the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on September 8, 1935 she was a member of St. Michael’s Parish in Monroe, Michigan. At her reception on August 25, 1936 she received the name Sister Ann Catherine. She pronounced first vows on August 26, 1938 and final vows on August 26, 1941.

Sister Ann Catherine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies from Nazareth College. She was a teacher in several schools of the Congregation including St. Benedict, Highland Park; Barbour Hall, Nazareth; St. Mary, Flint, and St. Mary, Charlotte, Michigan. From 1961-1967 Sister Ann Catherine was principal of St. Pius X School in Grandville, Michigan and from 1967-1976 she ministered as principal of St. Mary School in Charlotte, Michigan. In 1976 she returned to St. Mary School in Flint until the time of her retirement in 1989. During her retirement years Sister Ann Catherine volunteered her services at More Academy in Burton, Michigan and tutored in the Mt. Morris area.

Sister Ann Catherine’s quiet, gentle, unassuming personality was the gift that she brought to ministry. Her beautiful smile attracted her to all who knew her and her loving concern, kind manner and generous spirit were appreciated by all with whom and for whom she lived and worked. Over the years Sister Ann Catherine developed a strong relationship with God, and service to the dear neighbor was one of its key elements. She was grateful to her CSJ congregation, family and friends for their love and support through the years. May Sister Ann Catherine who committed herself zealously to the service of God, now rejoice forever in the company of the saints.

May She Rest in Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER MARY BELLARMINE, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life on May 10, 2016

Welcome Home and Rosary on Monday, May 16 at 3:40pm

Vigil Service on Monday, May 16 at 7:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, May 17 at 11:00am

All Services in Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth Center, Nazareth, Michigan

Geraldine Barnes was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 8, 1929, the daughter of Edward and Lillian (Siwicki) Barnes. She was a member of St. Rita’s Parish in Detroit, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1946. She received the name Sister Mary Bellarmine at her reception on January 3, 1947. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1949 and final vows on January 3, 1952.

Sister Mary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Nazareth College with a minor in Social Science. She began her teaching ministry at St. Margaret Mary in Detroit and continued at several other schools including St. Henry’s in Lincoln Park, St. Michael’s in Pontiac, St. Francis Xavier in Ecorse, and Villa St. Anthony, Comstock until 1967.

During the early 1970’s Sister Mary provided healthcare to the sisters at Fontbonne Manor, Nazareth, while she attended Western Michigan University where she received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She continued to work at Fontbonne Manor as an Occupational Therapist for the sisters until 1984. She also worked at St. Luke’s Art Studio, Nazareth Center, creating greeting cards with Sister Pierre and was a substitute teacher and worked in jail ministry programs through Kalamazoo/Plainwell Public Schools. In 1994 she returned to the healthcare field and worked as an occupational therapist at the Veteran’s Medical Center in Battle Creek, MI before retiring.

Sister Mary Bellarmine, like her God, found her joy creating: she was an expert at the sewing machine, silk screening, knitting, crocheting, all manner of crafts. She even commented that she mastered the art of making cottage cheese! Sister Mary shared that her life was governed by the verse in Jeremiah: “Indeed, like clay in the hand of the potter so are you in my hand…” She referred to a favorite hymn at the time of her Diamond Jubilee: God is very patient; it took Him but a week to make the earth and the stars, Jupiter and Mars, BUT He is still working on me…”
The Potter’s work is completed, O good and faithful servant, enter into the joys of the Potter’s House!

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER MAXINE McGEE, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life on May 5, 2016

Welcome Home and Rosary on May 10, 2016 at 3:40pm

Vigil Service on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 10:30am

All Services in Holy Family Chapel
Nazareth Center, Michigan

Maxine Jeanette McGee was born in Bad Axe, Michigan on September 30, 1928 the daughter of Charles and Johanna (Grace) McGee. She was a member of St. Edward’s Parish in Kinde, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph at Nazareth on September 7, 1946. Maxine received the name Sister Maxine at her reception on July 2, 1947. She pronounced first vows on July 2, 1949 and final vows on July 2, 1952.

Sister Maxine earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Nazareth College and a Master’s degree in Theology from St. Mary College, Notre Dame. She attended numerous workshops and classes in Spiritual Direction, Retreat Ministry and Carmelite Spirituality. Sister Maxine ministered as an elementary teacher in several Michigan schools including Our Lady of Good Counsel, Plymouth and St. Joan of Arc, St. Clair Shores and as elementary school principal at Blessed Sacrament School in Allegan and Our Lady of Fatima School in Michigan Center. She also served as Parish Minister and Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Michigan Center. In 1984 she came to Nazareth as Director of Fontbonne Manor and a member of the Nazareth Ministry Team. In 1986 Bishop Donovan asked her to be the Pastoral Minister and Coordinator of St. Joseph Parish in White Pigeon, Michigan which she served faithfully for over 21 years until retiring to the Sisters of St. Joseph Center at Nazareth.

Sister Maxine’s entire life and ministry was framed by her deep faith and the great love and devotion she had for God’s people. She possessed a warm personality, a beautiful smile and a great sense of humor. She was gifted in many ways and enjoyed sharing with others especially her musical talent. She was always appreciative of the many opportunities that life afforded her and for the many friendships which enriched her life. She was especially grateful for the gift of her vocation as a Sister of St. Joseph and she lived out that commitment in an exemplary manner. Her favorite Scripture passage was from Isaiah 40:1: “Comfort, give comfort to my people, says the Lord”. May Sister Maxine be held securely in God’s loving embrace and comfort now and for all eternity.

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER JANICE WHEATON, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life Sunday, May 1, 2016

Welcome home & Rosary: Monday, May 2, 2016 at 3:40pm

Vigil Service: Monday, May 2 at 7:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, May 3 at 10:30am

All Services in Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth Center, Michigan

Pearl Wheaton was born in Detroit, Michigan, on January 11, 1915, the daughter of Pearl and Elizabeth (Bock) Wheaton. Pearl was a member of St. Bernard Parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on January 6, 1933. She received the name Sister Janice at her reception on August 25, 1933. She pronounced first vows on August 26, 1935, and final vows on August 26, 1938.

Sister Janice earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Nazareth College and a Master of Arts degree in Education (Guidance and Counseling) from the University of Notre Dame. She taught for twenty-nine years in several schools of the Congregation including: St. Philip Neri, St. Rita, St. David in Detroit and St. John Vianney in Flint. She served as school counselor at several schools in Florida, Kalamazoo and Flint. In 1969 she became the Director of Career Planning and Placement at St. Mary College, Notre Dame. Five years later, Sister Janice worked as an advocate in the Marriage Tribunal Offices in the Dioceses of Lansing and Marquette until she moved to Nazareth in 1985. For the next seventeen years, she was secretary/receptionist in the SSJ Administrative and Worship Offices. In 2002 she retired and devoted her time to assisting others whenever and wherever she was needed.

Sister Janice was a woman of deep faith and trust in God. A positive outlook on life and a spirit of joy were attributes which she possessed and these were personal gifts which she passed on to all who were touched by her life and ministry. Sister Janice had a warm, pleasant personality which was expressed in her genuine love and concern for others. Her greatest desire in life was to “plant a little love and warmth --- for God is Love” and she succeeded in spreading this love as she reached out to the dear neighbor. Sister Janice was deeply grateful to her SSJ Congregation, family, relatives and friends for their love and support throughout the years. May she now enjoy everlasting joy and peace in the loving embrace of God.

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER BERNICE BEAUVAIS, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life on Sunday, April 10, 2016

Rosary on Wednesday, April 13 at 3:40pm

Wake Service on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, April 14 at 10:30am

All Services in Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth, Michigan

Bernice Beauvais was born in Anchorville, Michigan on February 22, 1929, the daughter of Gabriel and Cecilia (Christie) Beauvais. She was a member of Immaculate Conception in Anchorville, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1946. Bernice received the name Sister Victoria at her reception on January 3, 1947 but later returned to her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1949 and final vows on January 3, 1952.

Sister Bernice received a Bachelor of Science degree from Nazareth College majoring in mathematics. She went on to Wayne State University where she received a Master’s degree in Education in 1971. Sister Bernice began her ministry of teaching at St. Francis Home and St. Michael’s in Pontiac, Michigan. She also taught at St. John Vianney in Flint, Sacred Heart in Birch Run, St. Joan of Arc and St. Gertrude’s in St. Clair Shores and St. Joseph’s in Kalamazoo. In 1975 Sister Bernice became Assistant Principal at St. Joan of Arc and also continued teaching kindergarten and the elementary grades. In 1982 Sister Bernice moved to Kalamazoo where she taught kindergarten and was also the RCIA Director and Pastoral Minister at St. Monica’s in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In September, 2013 Sister Bernice retired and moved to Nazareth Center.

Sister Bernice was an avid card player and loved to put together jigsaw puzzles. She delighted in root beer floats and liver and onions. She cherished her family and her religious community and found her support in a deep relationship with her Lord in prayer and in ministry to others, first in different schools and parishes and then with her sisters at Nazareth. May our dear Sister Bernice now enjoy the fullness of the Lord’s resurrection along with her family and friends who joyfully awaited her arrival into eternal life.
“I prayed hundreds of times for the Lord to heal me –
and he finally healed me of the need to be healed. ” (Sr. Bernice)

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER MARIE THERESE FETTIG, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life on Monday, April 4, 2016

Welcome Home & Rosary on April 6, 2016 at 4:00pm

Vigil Service on April 6, 2016 at 7:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 10:30am

All Services in Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth Center, Michigan

Virginia Fettig was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 30, 1921, the daughter of Arthur and Jenny (Sands) Fettig. Virginia was a member of St. Rita Parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on June 19, 1937. She received the name Sister Marie Therese at her reception on January 7, 1938. She pronounced first vows on January 8, 1940, and final vows on January 8, 1943.

Sister Marie Therese earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a minor in French from Nazareth College and a Master of Arts degree in Music from the University of Notre Dame. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in Systemic Theology and Liturgy from St. John University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Sister Marie Therese taught in several schools of the congregation including St. Anne in Detroit, St. Gertrude in St. Clair Shores and St. David in Detroit. Twenty- seven years were devoted to teaching Music and serving as organist, choir and liturgy director. Many summers were spent teaching music at Nazareth College. After forty-four years in education, Sister Marie Therese transitioned into Religious Education as a coordinator, director of adult education, teacher trainer and high school Religion teacher. After her father’s death, she lived with and cared for her mother and also taught music at St. Cecile Academy of Music in Windsor, Ontario. In 1993 Sister Marie Therese retired to Nazareth where she continued to teach piano during her retirement years.

Sister Marie Therese possessed a warm, cheerful personality enhanced by her beautiful, smiling countenance. A deep relationship with God sustained her and prayer was the touchstone of her life. Her favorite Scripture passage, “He who is mighty has done great things for me”, made her always conscious of the active presence of God in her life. Sister Marie Therese was most grateful for the love and support that she received from family and friends. She considered friendship as one of God’s greatest gifts and especially cherished the friendship and inspiration of her CSJ community. May Sister Marie Therese now enjoy eternal life in God’s loving embrace.

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER A. BARBARA O’DONOHUE, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life on March 26, 2016

Vigil Service Monday, March 28, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Services in Holy Family Chapel
Nazareth Center, Nazareth Michigan

A Barbara O’Donohue was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 18, 1928, the daughter of John and Agnes (Lietzan) O’Donohue. She was a member of St. Clare of Montefalco Parish in Detroit, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1953. She received the name Sister Justine Marie at her reception on January 3, 1954, but later returned to her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1956 and final vows on January 2, 1959.

Sister A. Barbara graduated from Dominican High School and received her college degree from the University of Detroit with a major in Music Theory and a minor in English/History. In 1953 she began teaching at Barbour Hall Military Academy in Nazareth, Michigan. Sister also taught at several other schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit including St. Mark, St. Joan of Arc, St. Michael and St. Scholastica. In the Diocese of Lansing she taught at St. John Vianney and St. Joseph’s. In 1972 Sister A. Barbara was a student at the University of Hawaii and eventually moved to Japan where she taught advanced studies in media through a grant from the United States Government. She was then invited to teach English to graduate students at the Bunkyo Women’s College in Hiroshima and Iwakuni Junior College. She also taught US Marines at the Marine Air Corps Base in Japan. After a short return to Michigan, Sister A. Barbara again left for Japan where for the next four years she taught at the Immaculata College in Kagoshima.

In 1994 Sister A. Barbara returned permanently to Kalamazoo, Michigan and became a Video Coordinator at Nazareth Center and the Volunteer Coordinator at Dillon Hall in Kalamazoo where she started a singing group called the “Dillonites” and several other programs for seniors. For eight years she also served as the AARP District Representative bringing awareness of senior needs in Kalamazoo.

As her health failed, she moved to Nazareth’s assisted living in Fontbonne. Always outgoing and friendly, she had difficulty adjusting to the limitations of her condition, but made efforts to remain as active as possible. Freed now from those limits, may she rejoice with all the saints.

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER MARY LOUISE MAERTENS, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life on
Thursday, November 05, 2015


Vigil Service

Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 7:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, November 9, 2015 at 10:30am

Services in Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth, Michigan

Mary Louise Maertens was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 3, 1923, the daughter of Leon and Jeanine (Van Oost) Maertens. Mary Louise was a member of St. Gertrude Parish in St. Clair Shores, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on February 1, 1942. She received the name Sister Marie Damien at her reception on August 25, 1942, but later returned to her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on August 26, 1944 and final vows on August 26, 1947.

Sister Mary Louise earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Nazareth College and Master certification in Religious Studies and Scripture from Mundelein College. For twenty-eight years she taught in several schools of the Congregation including St. Anne, Detroit; St. Mary, Flint; St. Catherine, Algonac; and St. Agnes, Flint. In 1970, due to poor health, Sister Mary Louise returned to Nazareth where she worked as a receptionist for ten years in the Nazareth General Office. She moved to the SSJ Public Relations/Development Office in 1979 and continued working there until poor health made it necessary for her to retire.

A woman with a quiet, unassuming personality, Sister Mary Louise devoted herself to her daily work in a spirit of joy and humility. During her later years she continued to work hard despite the fact that she suffered from poor health. She was most generous with her time and talents and always willing to be of assistance to others. Sister Mary Louise had a quick wit, and with a twinkle in her eye, was known to say: “I’m looking for mischief” as she wheeled herself through Borgess Gardens’ halls. She enjoyed playing cards and often spent Sunday evenings engaged in this activity. She was deeply committed to her religious call to service and the development of a strong spiritual life. Sister Mary Louise was most grateful to her CSJ congregation, family and friends for their love and support over the years. May she now walk in newness of life and live with Christ forever.

May She Rest in Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER JOANNE GIBBONS, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life
August 29, 2015

Vigil Service
September 1, 2015 at 7:00pm

Mass of Christian Burial
September 2, 2015 at 10:30am

All Services in Holy Family Chapel
Nazareth, Michigan

Joanne Gibbons was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 25, 1930, the daughter of John and Clara (Nolta) Gibbons. She was a student at St. James in Ferndale, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph at Nazareth on January 2, 1947. She received the name Sister Mary Jogues at her reception on July 2, 1947 but later returned to the use of her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on July 2, 1949 and final vows on July 2, 1952.

Sister Joanne received her Bachelor of Science degree from Nazareth College in 1964 with a major in Business Education and a minor in Social Studies/English. She received her Master of Arts degree from St. Mary, Notre Dame/St. Xavier in Chicago, Illinois majoring in Theology.

For 60 years, Sister Joanne was involved in education and educational leadership both in schools and in parish Religious Education programs. She taught at St. Francis Home, St. Anne, St. Christopher, St. Cyril, St. Joan of Arc, and was Superior/Principal at St. Dennis, all in the Detroit Archdiocese, Michigan. In 1976 Sister Joanne was called to Nashville, Tennessee and spent 5 years teaching at Holy Rosary, living with the Mercy Sisters, and caring for her aged parents. For many years, she was accompanied by her dear friend, Sister Lynn Roebert including 35 years as the Reading Specialist and Principal at Sacred Heart and at St. Louise De Marillac, in Covina, California. Sister became a volunteer at hospice and City of Hope in San Duarte, California before retiring in 2011. She and Sister Lynn returned to Nazareth Center in March, 2011. Sister Joanne volunteered her time and talents especially in the history room/archives.

Always upbeat and cheerful, Sister Joanne served with graciousness and treated others with tender kindness. She was a very positive person, seeing the best in others. Her everyday living reflected a deep spirituality. She saw her final illness as her sure way home to God and prayed often her favorite Psalm 27: “One thing I ask; to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.” Sister Joanne often said she wanted to live fully until she died, and that she did.

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER MARY LOUISE MARTIN, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life
May 8, 2015

Vigil Service
May 12, 2015, 7:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
May 13, 2015, 10:30 am

Services in Holy Family Chapel

Mary Louise Martin was born in Pontiac, Michigan on April 4, 1932, the daughter of John Martin and Margaret (Mersino) Martin. She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Pontiac, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph on January 2, 1950. She received the name Sister Marie Goretti at her reception on July 2, 1950, but later returned to her baptismal name. Sister Mary Louise pronounced first vows on July 2, 1952 and final vows on July 2, 1955. Sister Mary Louise has two sisters, Jean Joseph and Rose Mary who also joined the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1944 and 1946, respectively.

Sister Mary Louise earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Nazareth College in August, 1967 majoring in Mathematics with minors in Science and Social Studies. She went on to receive a Masters Degree from Xavier University in 1972, majoring in Education with a minor as a Reading Specialist. She began teaching at various elementary schools in the Congregation beginning with Holy Maternity School in Dowagiac where she taught 1st grade. From the mid 1950’s to late 1960’s, Sister Mary Louise taught 1st-3rd grade at St. Veronica in Detroit and St. John Bosco where she was not only a teacher, but also the Principal. Throughout the 1970’s Sister Mary Louise taught at St. John Vianney, St. Cyril and Barbour Hall. She continued her ministry working in Administration at St. Joseph Elementary School in Lake Orion and then went on to teach 1st and 2nd grade at St. Gerard in Lansing, Holy Family School in Byron Center and Holy Angels School in Sturgis. In the early 1990’s Sister Mary Louise taught at St. Mary’s Visitation School in Byron Center and then returned to Nazareth where she worked on the Administrative Team in Personnel/Facility Services. In October, 2000 Sister Mary Louise returned to elementary education at St. Mary’s Visitation School in Dorr, Michigan. She also served as the School Administrator at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Hastings. Sister Mary Louise returned to Nazareth in 2002 and for the next several years she continued her ministry working in Pastoral Care at Borgess Nursing Home.

Sister Mary Louise was a positive support to her family, friends and co-workers. She was very faithful to her classmate and friend, Sister Jane Beehler, in her years at the nursing home. Daily she could be heard giving encouraging words to all she encountered. May she now know the happiness of seeing the face of God, whom she served with such a joyful spirit.

May She Rest in Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER JOYCE ANDERSON, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life
April 9, 2015

Vigil Service
Monday, April 13, 2015, 7:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 10:30 am

Services in Holy Family Chapel

Joyce Anderson was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on December 11, 1934, the daughter of Orrin and Jean (Kwiatkoski) Anderson. At the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on September 1, 1956, she was a member of St. Philip Parish in Battle Creek. Joyce received the name Sister Agnes Joseph at her reception on July 2, 1957, but later returned her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on July 2, 1959 and final vows on July 2, 1962.

Sister Joyce spent her active ministry in dietary and food service. She was an excellent cook and put her culinary skills to good use at St. Veronica Convent, East Detroit; Nazareth Convent, and Villa St. Anthony in Comstock, Michigan. In 1971 she transitioned to Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo where she spent the next thirty-six years in food service. Sister Joyce retired from active ministry in 2007 and returned to Nazareth Center where she spent her time volunteering her services wherever she was needed. Sister Joyce took great pride in her work and she was always eager to please those to whom she ministered.

Sister Joyce was a quiet, humble woman who experienced great joy when she could be of help to others. The hidden, small tasks were of importance to her and during her retirement years at Nazareth she enjoyed assisting in the Dining Room by carrying trays after meals and placing them on the kitchen carts. This small act of kindness was greatly appreciated by the sisters. Sister Joyce was most grateful to her CSJ congregation, family and friends for their love and support in accompanying her on her life journey. A deep relationship with God was important to Sister Joyce and she took seriously her need to deepen that relationship through the Eucharist, prayer, reflection time and ministry to others. May Sister Joyce be welcomed now into God’s presence and enjoy eternal light and peace.

May She Rest in Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER ROSITA STARNER, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life on March 28, 2015

Vigil Service: March 31, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial: April 1, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

Services in Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth, Michigan

Rita Starner was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 15, 1921, the daughter of Bernard and Blanche (Gorny) Starner. She was a member of St. Rita’s Parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on June 18, 1939. She received the name Sister Rosita at her reception on January 8, 1940. She pronounced first vows on January 9, 1942 and final vows on January 9, 1945.

Sister Rosita earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Nazareth College and a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of Detroit. She was a teacher and a principal in many schools of the Congregation including St. David in Detroit, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Lansing, St. Mary in Williamston and St. Clement in Center Line. After spending 42 years in education, Sister Rosita took classes which prepared her for eight years of ministry at Marian-Oakland Senior Community in Farmington Hills where she ministered as a pastoral assistant and director of activities. In 1996 she retired from Marian-Oakland and then volunteered her time as a librarian for the blind and physically disabled at the Macomb County Library. These various ministries enabled Sister Rosita to release her creative spirit in meeting the needs of the dear neighbor.

Sister Rosita’s life was characterized by a deep sense of peace, gentleness and joy. She was vivacious and energetic, always ready to do whatever God asked her to do. Sister Rosita possessed a contagious smile that spoke of her inner peace and happiness. Her life and ministry flowed from a deep prayer life and her favorite Scripture passage from Psalm 116, “How shall I make a return to the Lord for all He has done for me?” was a source of strength for her and challenged her to live life to its fullest. Many loyal and supportive family members, relatives, friends and CSJ community members accompanied Sister Rosita on her life’s journey and she was most grateful for their love and companionship throughout the years. May Sister Rosita now enjoy eternal rest in the loving embrace of the God she so faithfully served all her life.

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER MARCINE MERCURE, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life
February 6, 2015

Vigil Service
Monday, February 9, 2015, 7:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 10:30 am

Services in Holy Family Chapel

Marie Joan Mercure was born in Rockwood, Michigan on December 6, 1922, the daughter of Harvey and Jeanette (Normandin) Mercure. She was a member of St. Rita’s Parish in Detroit, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on February 19, 1939. Marie received the name Sister Marcine at her reception on August 26, 1939. She pronounced first vows on August 26, 1941 and final vows on August 26, 1944.

Sister Marcine earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Nazareth College and a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of Detroit. For forty-three years she taught in several schools of the Congregation including: St. Bernard in Detroit, St. Gertrude and St. Joan of Arc in St. Clair Shores, St. Veronica in Eastpointe, and Sacred Heart in Birch Run. Sister Marcine was an excellent, innovative, creative teacher. In 1983 she transitioned into Parish Ministry serving at Sacred Heart Parish in Grosse Isle and St. Veronica Parish in Eastpointe. Her hard work and steady reassurance and devotion to those she served were a true mark of her generosity.

Sister Marcine was a woman filled with energy and enthusiasm. The sparkle in her eyes revealed a heart filled with joy and wisdom. She was a “workaholic” by nature and struggled all her life to maintain a happy balance between work and relaxation. Her prayer life enabled her to maintain that balance. Sister Marcine’s life was surrounded by many wonderful people who gave her support and encouragement. She was most grateful to her family, her CSJ community, and friends for their loving, caring presence in her life. As she now enters the presence of God, may she receive the reward of a life of humble service to God’s people and enjoy a place of light, happiness and peace in God’s kingdom of glory forever.

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER MAUREEN LEWIS, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life
October 25, 2014

Vigil Service
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 10:30 am

Services in Holy Family Chapel

Charlotte Lewis was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, on March 30, 1924, the daughter of Charles and Mary Margaret (O’Leary) Lewis. Charlotte was a member of St. Rita’s Parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on June 18, 1939. She received the name Sister Maureen at her reception on August 24, 1940. She pronounced first vows on August 25, 1942, and final vows on August 25, 1945.

Sister Maureen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Nazareth College and a Master of Arts degree in Music from the University of Notre Dame. She took additional classes and workshops to keep updated in her many and varied ministries. Sister taught for twenty-five years in several schools of the Congregation including St. James, Ferndale, St. Henry, Lincoln Park, and St. David, Detroit. Sister Maureen served for two terms as Secretary General of the Congregation, and then as office manager at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord and at the Marquette Diocese Department of Education. Sister Maureen also did volunteer data entry work at Borgess Medical Center and established a computer lab in the SSJ motherhouse for the use of all the sisters.

Sister Maureen was a woman of great vision, blessed abundantly with courage, strength, faith and wisdom. She served her God in a humble, gentle manner. Her compassionate and sensitive heart enabled her to minister to the needs of the dear neighbor in a variety of ways. Sister Maureen was most grateful to the Congregation for their love, support and the many opportunities that were provided for her not only to grow professionally, but to deepen her relationship with God. Her favorite scripture passage was Psalm 63 (2-9): “O God, You are my God whom I seek …”. May Sister Maureen now enjoy the blessed vision of the God whom she so faithfully served all her life.

May She Rest in Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER MARLENE LAMMERS, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life
September 30, 2014

Vigil Service
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:30 am

Services in Holy Family Chapel

Lucille Lammers was born in Ottawa, Ohio on March 2, 1922, the daughter of Albert and Edna (Ricker) Lammers. She was a member of St. Anthony Parish in Columbus Grove, Ohio at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1946. She received the name Sister Marlene at her reception on January 3, 1947. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1949 and final vows on January 3, 1952.

Sister Marlene earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Nazareth College and a Master’s certificate in Theology from Mundelein College in Chicago. She also pursued graduate classes in Elementary Education at Wayne State University. Sister Marlene enjoyed the rich and challenging opportunity to travel to Europe to study school systems in Greece, Italy, Switzerland, France and England. Sister Marlene taught in several of the Congregation’s schools including: St. Patrick in Portland, St. Joseph in St. Johns and St. Joan of Arc in St. Clair Shores. She ministered for eleven years at St. Francis Home in Detroit and she served as an exchange teacher for one year at Maryknoll School in Hawaii. In 1988 Sister Marlene moved to Nazareth and worked as a ward clerk in Fontbonne Manor.

Sister Marlene was a woman with strong, vibrant faith and a positive outlook on life. She had a very pleasant personality and was most generous in sharing her time and talents with others. Sister Marlene was an excellent seamstress and spent numerous hours sewing for others. She enjoyed square dancing, a talent she shared with her students, family and friends. Sister Marlene also enjoyed baking birthday and jubilee cakes and was much in demand because of this skill. Sister Marlene was always most grateful for all the blessings that she received throughout her life. She lived a wholesome, well-balanced life and the love and support that she received from family, CSJ community and friends renewed her spirit and made her keenly aware of God’s loving presence in her life. May Sister Marlene now enjoy eternal rest and peace in the loving embrace of the God she so faithfully served all her life.

May She Rest in Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER REGINA MARIE CERMAK, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life
September 23, 2014

Vigil Service
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 7:00 pm

Funeral Mass
Monday, September 29, 2014, 10:30 am

Services in Holy Family Chapel

Mary Ann Cermak was born in Blissfield, Michigan, the daughter of Paul and Mary (Sarnik) on April 9, 1930. She was a member of St. Alfred Parish in Taylor, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1953. Mary Ann received the name Sister Regina Marie at her reception on January 3, 1954. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1956 and final vows on January 3, 1959.

Sister Regina Marie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Nazareth College and a certificate in Religious Education from Providence College in Rhode Island. She taught in several schools of the Congregation including St. Bernard, Detroit; St. Elizabeth, Wyandotte; St. Veronica, East Detroit; St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Taylor and Our Lady of Fatima, Michigan Center. In 2000 Sister Regina Marie returned to Nazareth where she ministered in pastoral care to the Sisters in Fontbonne Manor. In 2004 her focus somewhat changed and she ministered as a companion to Sisters who went for medical and dental appointments. Since her own physical health was beginning to decline, it was necessary for Sister Regina Marie to limit her work load and undertake lesser responsibilities, but she continued to be of assistance when it was possible for her to do so.

Sister Regina Marie possessed a quiet, calm, happy personality. She was a woman of prayer, deeply in love with the God whom she served so well all her life. She enjoyed helping others and always offered her assistance whenever she was able to do so. Sister Regina Marie was grateful to her family, CSJ congregation and friends for their love, support and friendship over the years. May Sister Regina Marie now rejoice in the company of the saints and receive the reward of all good and faithful servants.

May She Rest in Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER MARGARET MACDOUGALL, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life
July 12, 2014

Vigil Service
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 7:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 10:30 am

Services in Holy Family Chapel

Margaret MacDougall was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 18,1934, the daughter of Daniel and June (Swanson) MacDougall. She was a member of St. Agnes parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on September 1, 1955. Margaret received the name Sister Mary Linus at her reception on July 2, 1956, later returning to the use of her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on July 2, 1958 and final vows on July 2, 1961.

Sister Margaret earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Nazareth College and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from St. John University in Collegeville, Minnesota. She taught in schools of the Congregation including St. Joan of Arc, St. Clair Shores and St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Taylor. She then changed her ministry and worked as a Medical Records administrator at St. John Hospital, Detroit, Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, and Holyoke College, Holyoke Massachusetts. In 1975 Sister Margaret moved to St. Thomas More Student Center in Kalamazoo as a campus minister for several years. Due to poor health Sister Margaret then took part-time work as Director of the RCIA program at St. Joseph Parish in Kalamazoo. She thoroughly enjoyed all of her ministries, but she especially appreciated the privilege to journey with those who were fledglings in their Catholic faith development.

Sister Margaret was a woman of strong faith and a positive thinker. During her life she enjoyed a variety of ministries for which she was professionally well prepared. Sister Margaret was most grateful to her family, community and friends for their love and support and was especially grateful for the many opportunities given to her for spiritual and intellectual growth and development. Sister Margaret’s favorite Scripture passage from Rev. 15: 3, “We are lost in wonder at all You have done for us, our Lord and mighty God”, sums up her sense of gratitude for all of God’s gifts to her. Now God’s love has enfolded her and fulfilled her hope in Him.

May She Rest in Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER AURILLA COUSINO, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life
July 11, 2014

Vigil Service
Monday, July 14, 2014, 7:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 10:30 am

Services in Holy Family Chapel

Irma Cousino was born in Toledo, Ohio, on June 17, 1915, the daughter of Cornelius and Aurilla (Etue) Cousino. Irma was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Erie, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on June 20, 1932. She received the name Sister Aurilla at her reception on January 4, 1933. She pronounced first vows on January 7, 1935, and final vows on January 7, 1938.

Sister Aurilla earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Nazareth College and a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Detroit. She did post-graduate work at the University of Notre Dame and received certification in Religious Education at Pius XII Institute in Detroit. Sister Aurilla taught/administered in several schools of the Congregation including: St. Rita Parish in Detroit, St. James Parish in Ferndale and Nazareth College. She served as co-director of Religious Education at St. Justin Parish in Hazel Park. For several years she did secretarial work at Bronson Hospital and St. Augustine Parish in Kalamazoo. Sister Aurilla’s competent secretarial skills were then put to good use in the Nazareth Central Offices as secretary/receptionist and as SSJ Congregational secretary. In 1991 Sister Aurilla retired, but continued to do part-time work in the Fontbonne Library, the SSJ History Room and tutor at the Kalamazoo Literacy Council. She has also coordinated the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at Nazareth.

Sister Aurilla was blessed with a gifted personality and a warm, friendly smile. She was a woman with deep faith in God and this strong faith enabled her to reach out to the dear neighbor in a variety of ministries. Sister Aurilla was most grateful for her many years of service as a Sister of St. Joseph and she often prayed: “Lord, it is good to be here”. She enjoyed the love and support of family, friends and her CSJ community. May Sister Aurilla now enjoy eternal peace in the kingdom of the God she served so faithfully all her life.

May She Rest In Peace!

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Who entered into eternal life
May 16, 2014


Vigil Service

Tues, May 20, 2014 7:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Wed, May 21, 2014 10:30 am

Services in Holy Family Chapel

Rita Feldpausch was born in Fowler, Michigan on November 4, 1917, the daughter of Joseph and Regina (Wieber) Feldpausch. She was a member of Holy Trinity Parish in Fowler at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on February 2. 1941. Rita received the name Sister Corinne at her reception on August 26, 1941. She pronounced first vows on August 26, 1943 and final vows on August 26, 1946.

Sister Corinne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Nazareth College. For fourteen years she taught in several schools of the Congregation, including: St, Rita in Detroit, St. Mary in Flint, Madonna in Detroit and St. Agnes in Flint. She was then assigned as a Business Manager at St. Joseph Hospital in Flint and Lee Memorial Hospital in Dowagiac. Sister Corinne was certified as a Social Worker and moved to the Scudiere Center in inner-city Detroit where she ministered to the very poor and destitute. Sister Corinne then accepted the position of Administrator at Marian-Oakland Senior Citizen Complex in Farmington Hills. From 1985-1993 she served at the Borgess Medical Center in the Public Relations Department and as a receptionist in the Outpatient Department. Sister Corinne retired in 1993, but continued her work at the Nazareth Switchboard and as a sacristan in St. Joseph Chapel, Fontbonne Manor.

Sister Corinne was an extremely generous woman who had deep faith and trust in God. She gave of herself wholeheartedly to the service of the dear neighbor and no task was too menial for her to perform. Sister Corinne had strong convictions, living by these principles and values all through her life. Attending daily Mass was a vital part of Sister Corinne’s life. She once stated: “If I get to Mass, no matter what happens that day, I feel it has been a great day”. Sister Corinne enjoyed visits to Marian shrines at Lourdes, Fatima and Guadalupe, experiences which motivated her to spread devotion to Mary and the Rosary. She was grateful to family, friends, and her SSJ community for their love and support throughout the years. May Sister Corinne now enjoy eternal peace and joy in the loving embrace of God.

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER JANE BEEHLER, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life
May 2, 2014

Vigil Service
Mon. May 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Tues. May 6, 2014, 10:30 am

Services in Holy Family Chapel

Jane Beehler was born in Owosso, Michigan, on January 16, 1932, the daughter of Arthur and Winifred (Knoblauch) Beehler. Jane was a member of St. Isidore Parish in Laingsburg at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on January 2, 1950. She received the name Sister Michael Marie at her reception on July 2, 1950 but later returned to the use of her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on July 2, 1952, and final vows on July 2, 1955.

Sister Jane earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Nazareth College and a Master of Education degree in Theology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She completed requirements for the Advanced Program in Spiritual Direction and became a certified spiritual director. Sister Jane began ministry as a teacher in several Catholic schools throughout Michigan, namely, Immaculate Conception, Three Rivers; St. Dennis, Royal Oak; and Luke Powers High School, Flint. After spending twenty-nine years as a teacher, she was elected to the SSJ Administrative team for four years and then served for twelve years as a member of the Nazareth House team. Sister Jane was elected to serve for two terms as Vice-President of the Governing Board for the SSJ Federation. The remaining years of her ministry were devoted to giving individually directed retreats and spiritual direction as well as being the liaison for the Prayer Response Ministry Program.

Sister Jane will always be remembered for her warm, joyful, loving personality, with a great sense of humor and a compassionate heart that reached out to others without distinction. At the time of her Golden Jubilee Sister Jane stated that God’s greatest gift to her after Baptism was the call to become a Sister of St. Joseph of Nazareth. She lived that life in faith, hope and trust in an unconditionally loving God and she was always grateful to her SSJ community, her family and friends for their loyal support and love which enabled her to be faithful to her Baptismal call of love and service. May Sister Jane now enjoy eternal rest and peace in the loving embrace of our God.

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER MARY ELLEN WARD, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life
April 1, 2014

Vigil Service
Thurs. April 3, 2014, 7:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Fri. April 4, 2014, 10:30 am

Services in Holy Family Chapel

Mary Ellen Ward was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on February 2, 1921, the daughter of Stuart and Anna Marie (Neault) Ward. Mary Ellen was a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on June 23, 1937. She received the name Sister Marie James at her reception on January 7, 1938 but later returned to the use of her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on January 8, 1940, and final vows on January 8, 1943.

Sister Mary Ellen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Nazareth College and a Master of Arts degree in Education and History from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Sister Mary Ellen taught for nineteen years in schools of the Congregation, including St. Benedict, Highland Park; St. David, Detroit and St. Agnes, Flint. She then transitioned to Nazareth College where she ministered as an Assistant to the College Registrar. In 1970 Sister Mary Ellen undertook new ministry at Borgess Hospital and Medical Center where she worked in Out-Patient Registration and Medical Records. She left Borgess after twenty years to care for her dear mother. Sister Mary Ellen returned to Nazareth after her mother’s death where she worked for several years in the SSJ Insurance Office. In her retirement years she engaged in a wide variety of volunteer work at Fontbonne, Nazareth Center and Borgess Nursing Home.

Sister Mary Ellen’s generous spirit, smiling countenance and friendly personality were a welcoming presence to all who were touched by her life. Her awareness of God’s unconditional love enabled her to practice that love in her everyday life. She valued the wisdom and example of our senior sisters who inspired her to live her life faithfully and gracefully. Sister Mary Ellen was deeply grateful to her family, CSJ community and friends for their love and support. Her favorite Scripture passage was Psalm 100:5, “The Lord is good. His love is eternal. His faithfulness lasts forever”. May Sister Mary Ellen now enjoy eternal life in the presence of the loving God whom she served so well.

May She Rest In Peace!

The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for

SISTER GABRIELLE HENNING, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life
January 16, 2014

Vigil Service
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, 7:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, 10:30 am

Services in Holy Family Chapel

Bernice Henning was born in St. Johns, Michigan, on July 1, 1914, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Mueller) Henning. Bernice was a member of St. Joseph Parish in St. Johns at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on June 25, 1933. She received the name Sister Gabrielle at her reception on January 8, 1934, pronounced first vows on January 7, 1936, and final vows on January 9, 1939.

Sister Gabrielle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano from Nazareth College, a Master of Arts degree in Education from the Catholic University of America, and a Doctorate in Education from Michigan State University. She pursued additional courses in Music Theory and Piano at the American Conservatory of Music. She began her ministry as a music teacher at Barbour Hall and Nazareth Academy and then she became a full-time faculty member at Nazareth College in the departments of Music and Education, a position which she enjoyed for 44 years. She taught summer classes at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and the University of Detroit and also taught Gregorian Chant classes and Organ at diocesan workshops and Religious Education classes in Kalamazoo area parishes. After retiring from teaching she continued at Nazareth College as Director of Grants and Accreditation. In retirement at Nazareth Center she continued to apply for grants and foundation funds to meet specific needs for Nazareth Center and Fontbonne Manor.

Sister Gabrielle was a woman of deep faith and courage. She was always generous in responding to the needs of the dear neighbor and eager to live her life open to change and the challenges that the future would hold in store for her. Sister Gabrielle lived life to its fullest and was always grateful for the beautiful friendship that she shared with Sister Vivian Owens. She was most appreciative of the love and support that she received from her family, the SSJ congregation and all of her loyal friends who enriched her life over the years. Sister Gabrielle taught the students in her education classes, “Those who instruct others unto justice shall shine as stars for all eternity.” May she, too, now shine eternally in the presence of the God she served so faithfully.

May She Rest In Peace!

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SISTER REBECCA CURTIN, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life
November 17, 2013

Vigil Service
Wed. Nov. 20th, 7:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Thurs. Nov. 21st, 10:30 am

Services in Holy Family Chapel

Elizabeth Curtin was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma on June 20, 1926, the daughter of James and Margaret (Brady) Curtin. She was a member of St. James Parish in Ferndale, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1946. She received the name Sister Rebecca at her reception on January 3, 1947. She pronounced first vows on July 2, 1949 and final vows on July 2, 1952.

Sister Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Nazareth College and all through the years she kept herself updated in various fields of ministry. Sister taught in many schools of the Congregation including St. Agnes Parish in Flint and St. Rita Parish in Detroit. She then accepted the call to minister at St. Francis Home in Detroit as a prefect and dormitorian. In 1972 she moved to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Emmett, Michigan where she served as a Religious Education Coordinator for thirteen years. Sister Rebecca then responded to an invitation to work with older adults as an Assistant Director at Marydale Center in Port Huron, Michigan. Sister Rebecca retired to Nazareth in 2002 where she volunteered her services at Fontbonne Manor in Occupational Therapy. In addition she drove the sisters to medical appointments on a regular basis. Sister Rebecca considered it a privilege to minister to our senior sisters in whatever capacity she was able to do so.

Living the life of a Sister of St. Joseph was tremendously important to Sister Rebecca. Her favorite passage from Colossians 3:2-24, “Whatsoever you do, work at it with your whole being. Do it for the Lord rather than for people, since you know full well that you will receive an inheritance from God as your reward. Be slaves of Christ the Lord”, gave her the impetus to live a life of simplicity and humility. Gratitude for her vocation showed itself through her willingness to respond daily to God’s call. Sister Rebecca was a joyful, happy person. She enjoyed traveling and her favorite hobbies were crocheting and embroidery work. She was most grateful to her family, community and friends for their love and support throughout the years. May Sister Rebecca be held securely in God’s loving embrace now and for all eternity

May She Rest In Peace!

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SISTER M. MICHEL BURRELL, CSJ
Who entered into eternal life
November 11, 2013

Vigil Service
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 7:00 pm

Mass of Christian Burial
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 10:30 am

Services in Holy Family Chapel

Rose Marie Burrell was born in Tampa, Florida on September 11, 1927, the daughter of Leroy and Mary Cecilia (Flynn) Burrell. She was a member of St. Basil Parish in South Haven at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 2, 1945. She received the name Sister Mary Michel at her reception on January 3, 1946. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1948 and final vows on January 3, 1951.

Sister Mary Michel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Nazareth College and a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan. She taught in many schools of the Congregation including St. Christopher in Marysville, St. Francis Home in Detroit, St. Joseph and Barbour Hall in Kalamazoo. For several years she taught Instrumental Music in Catholic schools of the Kalamazoo Diocese. In 1981, she worked at Nazareth College as a secretary before assuming duties in the SSJ Central Offices and the Business Office. In 2002, Sister Michel moved to Fontbonne Manor where she ministered to her sisters as a patient visitor.

Sister Mary Michel was a woman who possessed a happy, joyful disposition. She was a lover of music and her talent on the clarinet was so much enjoyed by many grateful listeners over the years. She played in many community programs, directed the SSJ Sisters Choir and belonged to the Kalamazoo Concert Band for 35 years. Sister Mary Michel was interested in all types of sports, was a fan of the Notre Dame football team and the Detroit Tigers. She played tennis whenever she had the opportunity to do so. In her later years she suffered from physical afflictions and poor eyesight, but her cheerful disposition never failed her. She had deep faith and she accepted God’s will with serenity. Sister Mary Michel was most grateful to her family, the SSJ congregation and all who walked with her on life’s journey, offering her their love, support and encouragement. May Sister Mary Michel now enjoy eternal rest and peace in the kingdom of our loving God.

May She Rest In Peace!
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