Life Story / Obituary
Mogdis, OP, Sister Louisa of Grand Rapids (born Marian Gizella Mogdis in Muskegon Heights, MI) died on January 18, 2020. She was 91 years old and a Dominican Sister for 72 years.
Sister Louisa earned a BA from Aquinas College and received her permanent certification in Elementary Education from the Michigan Department of Education.
Sister Louisa taught for over forty years at St. Philomena, Beal City; St. Mary, Lake Leelanau; St. Mary, Gaylord; St. Norbert, Munger; St. Anne, Alpena; St. Andrew, Grand Rapids; Holy Family, Byron Center; and Holy Family, Saginaw.
After retiring from the classroom Sister Louisa served as sacristan, coordinator of the crafts room and manager of the gift shops - first at Aquinata Hall and then at Marywood Health Center. She carefully arranged displays and made items to sell. She also found time to deliver mail, swiftly pushing her cart through the halls and cheerfully greeting all she met on her travels.
A trusting soul, a bright light, a cheerful companion, Sister Louisa will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Sister Louisa is survived by her brother Steve Mogdis of Muskegon, MI; nieces, nephews, many friends and a loving community.
Sister Louisa will repose at Dominican Chapel/Marywood, 2025 Fulton Street East, with visitation on Monday, January 20 from 6:00-7:00 pm followed by a Remembering Service at 7:00 pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 21 at 11:00 am at Dominican Chapel /Marywood. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials in Sister Louisa Mogdis’ name may be made to the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters.