May They Rest in Peace: Sr. Elizabeth Ann Demirgian, OP

Sr. Elizabeth Ann Demirgian, OP, formerly known as Sister Marie Berge Demirgian, died on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 91 years of age and in the 64th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Elizabeth was born in Flushing, New York, to Edward and Ebrakce (Ekshian) Demirgian. She graduated from St. Patrick High School in Miami Beach, Florida, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and Chemistry from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida; a Master of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; and an Associate degree in Science for her physician assistant license from Santa Fe Community College/University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

Sr. Elizabeth Ann Demirgian, OP
Sr. Elizabeth Ann Demirgian, OP

Sister spent over 11 years ministering in education at Visitation School in Detroit, Michigan; Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, Illinois, a sponsored institution of the Congregation; St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, Florida. She was a physician assistant for 22 years in Rosseville and Memphis, Tennessee, and West Palm Beach, Belle Glade, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orange Park, Clermont, Kissimmee, and Mount Dora, all in Florida. She also served in ministry to the elderly for eight years at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community in Clermont, Florida. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2012.

Sister Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Archie and Berge. She is survived by loving family and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

A Memorial Mass was offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2023. Rite of Committal will be held at a later date.

Memorial 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.

Sister ministered in Michigan less than one year:

  • Visitation School, Detroit (1960): Elementary Teacher
  • Visitation High School, Detroit (1960): High School Teacher

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