May They Rest in Peace: Sr. Rosalie Bulanda, OP

Sr. Rosalie Bulanda, OP, formerly known as Sister David Miriam, died on Monday, March 27, 2023, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 83 years of age and in the 66th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in Aurora, Illinois, to Walter and Dolores (Senneke) Bulanda. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. Sister was also certified as a registered nurse by the Mercy School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio.

Sr. Rosalie Bulanda, OP
Sr. Rosalie Bulanda, OP

Sister Rosalie spent 15 years ministering in elementary education in Toledo, Ohio; Detroit, Farmington, and Adrian, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; and Bronxville, New York. Sister later served for 30 years in nursing care in Detroit, Dearborn and Westland, Michigan, and Jackson, Mississippi. In Jackson, she ministered in nursing for 17 years at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. She then spent more than 14 years as a volunteer, first with Hospice of Mississippi and then at St. Richard Parish, Ridgeland, Mississippi. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2020.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Edward Bulanda. She is survived by a brother, Warren Hickman of Marengo, Indiana, other loving family, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

A Funeral Mass was offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 31, 2023. Prayers of Committal will be held in the Congregation Cemetery. 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 over 13 years:

  • St. Theresa-Visitation, Detroit (1968): Elementary Teacher
  • Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington (1968-69): Elementary Teacher
  • Adrian Catholic Central, Adrian (1969-71): Elementary Teacher
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit (1974-79): Pediatric Specialist
  • Oakwood Hospital, Dearborn (1979-81): Staff Nurse
  • Temporary Health Care Services, Detroit (1974-79): Registered Nurse
  • Wayne County General Hospital, Westland (1982-84): Registered Nurse

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