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Adrian Dominican Sister Dorothy Jehle, 96

Taught, worked at Barry University for 40 years

Adrian Dominican Sister Dorothy Jehle, 96, worked at Barry University from 1971 to 2011. She died April 18 at age 96.

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Adrian Dominican Sister Dorothy Jehle, 96, worked at Barry University from 1971 to 2011. She died April 18 at age 96.

ADRIAN, Mich. | Sister Dorothy Jehle, an Adrian Dominican who spent 40 of her 71 years of religious life at Barry University, died April 18 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 96 years of age and in the 71st year of religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Formerly known as Sister Norbert Mary Jehle, Sister Dorothy was born in Chicago and graduated from St. Francis Academy in Joliet, Illinois. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from St. Francis College in Joliet; a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a Master of Arts degree in English from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from Loyola University in Chicago.

Sister served as assistant principal for six years at St. Edward School High School in Elgin, Illinois, and for five years at St. Paul High School in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. She also taught five years at Dominican High School in Detroit.

But she spent the bulk of her life, 40 years, at Barry University in Miami Shores. From 1971 to 1975 she taught English at the college, and from 1975 to 1991 she taught and served as chair of the English Department. Then she served as the university's archivist, with special responsibility for the files, photographs and memorabilia of the Pedro Pan exodus of Cuban children in the early 1960s.

In 2011, Sister Dorothy moved to the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will take place Thursday, April 20, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center. The funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m., followed by burial in the congregation's cemetery.

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

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