Sr. Barbara Hengesbach, OP, formerly known as Sr. Agnes William Hengesbach, died on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 75th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Barbara was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Harold and Irma (Mikulaschek) Hengesbach.  She graduated from Resurrection High School in Lansing, Michigan; received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan; and earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from University of Detroit (Detroit-Mercy) in Detroit, Michigan.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.
Sr. Barbara Hengesbach, OP

Sister Barbara spent 42 years ministering in education in Detroit, Ruth and Hazel Park, Michigan; and four years in Chicago and Joliet, Illinois. She was principal for one year at St. Augustine School in Detroit, and for six years at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Ruth, Michigan. She also taught for 11 years at Dominican High School in Detroit, an institution of the Congregation. She ministered for 10 years in Christian Service to seniors in Hazel Park, Michigan. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2014.

Sister Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters: Anita McClure and Elaine M. Bannasch. She is survived by a sister, Shirley Stock, of Mason, Michigan, loving nieces and nephews, and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

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

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2020, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2020. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. 

Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Sister ministered in Michigan 52 years:

  • St. Theresa, Detroit (1946-1950): Elementary Teacher
  • St. Suzanne, Detroit (1954-1957): Elementary Teacher
  • St. Augustine, Detroit (1957-1962): Elementary/High School Teacher
  • Sts. Peter and Paul High School, Ruth (1962-1968): High School Principal
  • Dominican High School, Detroit (1968-1979): High School Teacher
  • St. Augustine, Detroit (1979-1980): Elementary Principal
  • St. Mary Magdalen, Hazel Park (1980-1992): Elementary Teacher
  • St. Mary Magdalen, Hazel Park (1992-2002): Christian Services Senior Outreach

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