May They Rest in Peace: Sr. Theresa Nightingale, OP

Sr. Theresa Nightingale, OP, formerly known as Sister Lawrence Christine, died on Sunday, April 24, 2022, at the ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital in Adrian. She was 91 years of age and in the 74th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister was born in West Terre Haute, Indiana, to Lawrence and Christina (Schmidt) Nightingale. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.

Sr. Theresa Nightingale, OP
Sr. Theresa Nightingale, OP

Sister ministered for 41 years in elementary education in Albion, Owosso, Detroit and Harper Woods, Michigan; Asheville, North Carolina; and Vero Beach, Tallahassee, Orlando, Port Charlotte and West Palm Beach, Florida. She served three years as a housekeeper at St. John Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2010.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers: Joseph, William, Gerald, Virgil, and Richard. She is survived by two sisters, Marjorie Nowak of Shelby Township and Florence Dietlin of Washington, both in Michigan, other loving family and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed to all guests or visitors until further notice. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via live stream at http://www.adriandominicans.or...

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 pm Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 am Thursday, April 28, 2022. 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 20 years:

  • St. John, Albion (1949): Elementary Teacher
  • St. John Seminary, Plymouth (1949-52): Housekeeping
  • St. Paul, Owosso (1956-62): Elementary Teacher
  • St. Lawrence, Detroit (1962-67): Elementary Teacher
  • St. Brigid, Detroit (1967-70): Elementary Teacher
  • Presentation/Our Lady of Victory, Detroit (1970-71): Elementary Teacher
  • Presentation, Detroit (1971): Substitute Teacher
  • Maria Health Care Center, Adrian (1985): Driver
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace, Harper Woods (1986-87): Elementary Teacher

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