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Sister Judith Ann Barber

September 19, 1935 - November 3, 2018
Grand Rapids, MI



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Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters Health Care Fund.
2025 Fulton St. East
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Life Story / Obituary


Barber, OP, Sister Judith Ann the former Sister Thomas Jude of Grand Rapids (born in Bay City, MI) died on November 3, 2018. She was 83 years old and a Dominican Sister for 59 years.

Sister Judith Ann taught at St. Alphonsus School and Marywood Academy and then served in the Office of the Registrar at Aquinas College first as an assistant and then as the Registrar.

Sr. Judith earned a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Western Michigan University. She received her license as a social worker in the State of Michigan which led to her serving for twenty-two years at Salvation Army Booth Services.

At Booth Sister Judith served as counselor and advocate for unwed mothers and their families earning an award for her exemplary service. Untold numbers of persons suffering from poverty, addictions, mental instability and/or homelessness benefited from Sister Judith’s skill and compassion. She turned no one away and often worked long hours into the night and on weekends.

Sister Judith touched many lives through the work of her hands, the brilliance of her mind and the love in her heart. She will be greatly missed even as she lives on in the hearts of those who knew her.

Sister Judith Ann is survived by her sisters: Kathleen (Thomas) Casaletto and Rosemary Steers (✝John) of Grand Rapids and Andrea ((✝Richard) Sass of Pinconning, MI; her brother: Paul (Donna) of Bay City, sister-in-law Kathleen Barber of S. Lyon, MI; nieces and nephews, many friends and members of her Dominican community.

Sister Judith Ann will repose at Dominican Chapel/Marywood, 2025 Fulton Street East, with visitation on Tuesday, November 6 from 6:00-7:00 pm followed by a Remembering Service at 7:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 7 at 4:00 pm at Dominican Chapel/Marywood. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials in Sister Judith Ann Barber’s name may be made to the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters Health Care Fund.