Sister Carolyn Dowd, IHM, 80, died Friday, April 14, in the IHM Senior Living Health Care Center, Monroe. She had been under the care of Promedica Hospice of Monroe.
One of six children, three boys and three girls, of William and Joyce (Gerber) Dowd, Sister Carolyn was born on Aug. 2, 1936 in Port Huron, Mich., and given the name Carolyn Joyce. She attended St. Stephen Grade School and graduated from St. Stephen High School, Port Huron. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in Monroe, in 1956 and received the religious name, Sister John Paul.
Sister Carolyn earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College, Detroit, and a master’s degree from Wayne State University, Detroit. She taught and ministered in administration in formal education for 52 years, in Michigan at St. Joseph, Erie; St. Mary, Mt. Clemens, St. Joseph and St. John, Monroe; and in Florida at Nativity, Hollywood; and St. Lawrence, N. Miami Beach. Sister Carolyn then taught for 21 years at St. Ann, W. Palm Beach, and since 2003 had ministered at Sacred Heart School, Lake Worth as admissions director and remedial teacher.
Residing in Florida until March 22, Sister Carolyn at that time returned to Monroe and entered the IHM Senior Living Health Care Center.
Sister Carolyn is survived by her brothers, William (Janet) and Joseph, sisters, Joyce (David) Tullis and Joan (Jim) Shalls, aunt, Margaret Dowd, IHM, many nieces and nephews and her sisters in community. She was preceded in death by her brother, James.
Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe on Wednesday, April 19, from 3:30 – 7 p.m., and on Thursday, April 20, from 9 a.m. until the Remembering and the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. Memorials may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe, MI 48162-7909.