Sister Marie Joy Yuhasz, OP



Memorials in Sister Marie Joy Yuhasz’s name

The Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters

Director of Development

2025 E. Fulton Street

Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3895.

Yuhasz, OP, Marie Joy of Grand Rapids (born Joanne Mary Yuhasz in Lincoln Park, MI) died on December 2, 2020. She was 82 years old and a Dominican Sister for 62 years.  Sister Marie Joy earned a Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) from Aquinas College, an M.A. in Religious Education from St. Paul Seminary, Saginaw and a Master’s in Music from Michigan State University.  Sr. Marie Joy taught music at Holy Rosary Academy, Bay City and St. Stephen’s, Grand Rapids. She also served as liturgist, organist, and music teacher at St. Stephen’s, Port Huron; Sacred Heart, Muskegon Heights; St. Robert’s, Ada; St. James, Grand Rapids; St. Nicholas, Capac; and finally as a volunteer who played the piano for visitors, patients and residents at Mercy Health, Lacks Center and at the Marywood Motherhouse whenever needed. Sister Marie Joy’s entire professional life was dedicated to the teaching, composing, and performing music. Her classmates recall that even though she was a trained and superb classical musician, she could also cut loose with some fine jazzy ragtime tunes made for clapping and dancing. Quiet, gentle, unassuming, Sr. Marie Joy composed numerous hymns, taught innumerable pupils, and brought appreciative joy to thousands of listeners throughout her life. Hers was a life of simple joys and gratitude. She never forgot to thank people for everything from a slice of fresh bread to health care given in her later years. Sister Marie Joy is survived by her brother Donald (Charlotte) Yuhasz, Madison Heights, Michigan; her sister-in-law Beatrice Yuhasz, Lima, Ohio; nieces, nephews; many friends and members of her Dominican Community.  In an effort to protect our vulnerable population from the Covid-19 virus a private Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Dominican Chapel/Marywood on Monday, December 7. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials in Sister Marie Joy Yuhasz’s name may be made to the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters, Director of Development, 2025 E. Fulton Street Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3895.

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