Sister Joanne Patricia Gwizadala OP

Death: August 19th, 2016
Age: 89 years
Residence:Adrian, Michigan
Previous Residence(s):Bay City

Sister Joanne Patricia Gwizadala OP, age 89, entered eternal rest at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, MI on August 19, 2016.

She was born in Bay City, MI to Joseph and Anna (Wazbinski) Gwizdala, the fourth of five children.  At age 15 she entered the Holy Rosary Academy in Detroit and graduated in 1945.  She began her 28 year career as a Felician Sister using her religious name Sister Mary Ronald.  During this time she taught at many different schools in Michigan including St. Stanislaus in Detroit, Holy Rosary School in Cedar where she met her dear friend Sister Jean Jeziolkowski, and Immaculate Heart in Lansing.

In 1973 both Sister Joanne and Sister Jean decided to leave the Felician Sisters and join the Adrian Dominicans.  In 1977 she moved back to her hometown of Bay City, with Sister Jean by her side, and began 30 years of teaching at Corpus Christi Parish (Holy Trinity).  Both retired in 2007 but remained with the church and volunteered their services until moving to Adrian in 2010.  In May 2016 Sister Joanne celebrated her 70th Jubilee in Adrian.  Sister Joanne will be remembered by family and friends as living a life full of zest and love.

Sister Joanne was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Anna, brothers Marion and Leonard, and dear friend Sister Jean.  Surviving her are sisters Eugenia Balwinski of Bay City and Edna Kubiak of Tucson, nieces and nephews, and Goddaughter Shawna.

Funeral mass will be Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 10:30am at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian.  Memorial Liturgy/Celebration of Sister Joanne's life will be held at Corpus Christi Parish at a later date.  Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters or to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson Funeral Home.

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