|November 21, 2016 • VOL. 54, NO. 20 • Oakland, CA|
Sister Margaret Campbell, SNJM
Sister Joan Mary Dwyer, OP
Sister Joan Mary Dwyer, a former teacher in the Diocese of Oakland, died Sept. 18 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 78 and in the 62nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Born in Detroit, Sister Dwyer was a graduate of Catholic schools in Adrian, Michigan. She also graduated with a master's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California.
Out of a total of 13½ years as an elementary school teacher, she spent six years at schools in the Oakland diocese: at St. Paschal Baylon in Oakland from 1956 to 1959, and at All Saints School in Hayward from 1962 to 1965. She also served in elementary schools in Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico and California.
In the field of occupational therapy, Sister Dwyer served in a variety of positions in Illinois, California, Michigan and Florida. She also ministered in Nairobi, Kenya, with the Sisters of Eldoret in their formation program. She moved to the Dominican Life Center in 2010.
Sister Dwyer is survived by three brothers: Michael Dean of Clarkson, Missouri; Bill Adkins of Lees Summit, Michigan; and Timothy Dwyer of Auckland, New Zealand, and also by three sisters: Janice Blackwell of Cardiff by the Sea; Maureen Michaels of Howell, Michigan; and Sue Sheffler of Milford, Michigan.
The funeral Mass was held Sept. 26 in St. Catherine Chapel in Adrian, Michigan. The Rite of Committal was held in the Congregation cemetery.
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