ADRIAN, Mich. -- Sister Gertrude Sitzmann, formerly known as Sister Robert Mary Sitzmann, died Feb. 11, 2006, at Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. She was 88 years of age and in the 64th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Gertrude was born in Kingsley, the daughter of George and Mary (Carel) Sitzmann. She graduated from St. Angela Academy in Carroll, and received a bachelor of philosophy degree from siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Mich., and a master of education degree in education from Loyola University in Chicago, Ill.
Sister spent 41 years ministering in education in Detroit, Alpena, Royal Oak, Rockwood and Adrian, Mich.; Chicago, Ill.; and Oakland, Calif. Sister was a faculty member of four Congregation institutions: Dominican High School in Detroit, Rosary High School in Detroit, St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and Aquinas High School in Chicago, for a total of 19 years. She was a Parish Minister at St. Catherine of Siena in Cincinnati from 1945 to 1950. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 1988.
Sister is survived by five sisters, Sister Esther Sitzmann, O.P., of Adrian, Mich., Sister Rosalie Sitzmann, O.S.B., of Watertown, S.D., Sister Faith Sitzmann, O.S.B., of Yankton, S.D., Ruth Morrissey of Kingsley and Marlys Koopman of Le Mars.
Visitation was from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the Gathering Space of St. Catherine Chapel at the Dominican Life Center, followed by a vigil prayer at 7 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel.
The funeral liturgy was offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. Burial was in the Congregation cemetery. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, Mich.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Mich. 49221.