Sr. Jeanette Jabour, OP, formerly known as Sister Anesa Marie, died on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 91 years of age and in the 73rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Jeanette was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Kalil and Anesa (Michael) Jabour. She graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science degree in Mixed Science, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She later earned a Diploma in Spiritual Theology from Regis College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and a Master of Arts degree in Religion from The Athenaeum of Ohio, Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West School of Theology in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was also certified as a nursing home administrator by the State of Ohio.
Sister Jeanette spent over 24 years ministering in education in Chicago, Illinois; Winslow, Arizona; Cleveland, Ohio; and Detroit. This included several years of service at two sponsored institutions of the Congregation: 10 years at Dominican High School in Detroit and four years at Hoban Dominican High School in Cleveland. She also served the Congregation as executive director of Central Services and as assistant to the Congregation administrator.
She served as administrator of St. Theresa Home for the Aged in Cincinnati for seven years; as a social worker for the Cincinnati Archdiocese for eight years; and as director of community relations and a consultant for community outreach services at Bayley Place in Cincinnati a total of 15 years. She was the author of several articles and the 2007 book “Visiting the Elderly: An Essential Parish Ministry,” published by Twenty-Third Publications. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2012.
Sister Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: Joe, Nick, Hank, Sam, Nell, Sister Sabina Jabour (also an Adrian Dominican Sister), and two brothers in early childhood. She is survived by other loving family and her Adrian Dominican sisters.
Prayers of Committal was held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023, in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI, 49221.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.
Sister ministered in Michigan 12 years:
- Dominican High School, Detroit (1964-69): High School Teacher
- Dominican High School, Detroit (1969-74): Assistant Principal
- Central Cervices (Adrian Mother House), Adrian (1974-76): Executive Director
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