May They Rest in Peace: Sr. Margaret Ann Roggenbuck, OP

Sr. Margaret Ann Roggenbuck, OP, formerly known as Sister Robert Jean Roggenbuck, died on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 84 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Margaret Ann was born in Harbor Beach, Michigan, to Henry and Magdalene (Holdwick) Roggenbuck. She graduated from Our Lady of Lake Huron in Harbor Beach and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a Master of Arts Degree in Education Administration, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Mundelein College in Chicago, Illinois, and a Master of Arts Degree in Adult Christian Community Development from Regis College in Denver, Colorado.

Mass of Christian Burial was offered in St. Catherine Chapel in Adrian on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.
Sr. Margaret Ann Roggenbuck, OP

Sister spent 52 years ministering in education and pastoral ministry in Chicago, Mundelein, Calumet City and Oak Park, Illinois; and in Belding, Lansing, Kinde, Caseville, Croswell, Standish, Coleman, Blissfield, Deerfield, and Port Austin, Michigan. She was principal from 1966 – 1969 at St. Edmund School in Oak Park and from 1972 – 1974 at St. Joseph School in Belding. In 2008 – 2009, Sister taught in the theological studies program at Siena Heights University. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, in 2012.

Sister Margaret Ann was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary June Roggenbuck, her brothers, Ronald Roggenbuck; Gerald Roggenbuck and infant brother, John Roggenbuck.  She is survived by her sisters: Evelyn Stein of Harbor Beach, Michigan, and Jean Merkler of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and her brothers: Barthol, John, Michael, Robert and William, all of Harbor Beach; and Joseph of Blacksburg, Virginia.

Welcome of Sister Margaret Ann will be on Sunday, November 10, 2019, 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 Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Monday, November 11, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. 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 for over almost 35 years:

  • Holy Name, Detroit (1953-1953): Elementary Teacher
  • St. Joseph, Belding (1972-1974): Elementary Principal
  • Ingham-Eaton Religious Education Office, Lansing (1974-1975): Religious Education Consultant
  • Five Catholic Parishes, Kinde (1975-1976): Religious Education Director
  • Four Catholic Parishes, Caseville (1976-1979): Religious Education Director
  • Three Catholic Parishes, Kinde (1979-1980): Religious Education Director
  • St. Patrick-St. John, Croswell (1980-1983): Religious Education Director
  • St. Patrick, Croswell (1983-1984): Religious Education Director
  • Resurrection, Standish (1984-1987): Religious Education Director
  • St. Philip/St. Anne, Coleman (1987-1989): Pastoral Associate
  • St. Peter/St. Alphonsus, Blissfield/Deerfield (1989-1992): Director of Religious Education
  • St. Alphonsus, Deerfield (1992-1995): Director of Religious Education
  • St. Therese Parish, Lansing (1995-2003): Pastoral Associate
  • St. Michael Church, Port Austin (2003-2005): Pastoral Associate
  • Siena Heights University, Adrian (2008-2009): Teacher: Theology Studies Program