In loving memory of

Marie Terese Tobin
March 21, 1923 - May 23, 2021

Marie Terese Tobin (nee Kerwin) age 98, passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021 surrounded by her loving family at her home in Stoney Point, Ontario, Canada. Marie Terese was the Beloved Wife of the late Joseph William Tobin. Loving Mother of His Eminence Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R., Molly (John) Brusstar, Margo Tobin (Ron Coleman), Kathy (Dave) Vandelinder, Jim (Joan) Tobin, Ann Tobin (Joe Levigne), Pat (Tom) Steinhauer, Tom (Cathy) Tobin, Gerarda Tobin (Brian Joseph), John (Janine) Tobin, Therese Tobin, Dan (Maria) Tobin, Sara (Matthew) Broderick. Loving Grandmother of Rachel (Keval), Ellen, Meghan (Gary), Paul (Elaine), Clare (Nick), James Jr. (Lindsay), Erin (Adam), Matthew (Lauren), Joseph (Courtney), Brigid, Maura, Thomas, Maggie, Lizzy, Jack, Katie, Ryan (Stacey), Stephanie (Chad), Christopher, Kevin (Liz), Hannah, Jillian, Maeve, Nora, Matthew, John, Liam and Madeline. Dear Great-Grandmother of Sloane, James III, Teagan, Aidan, Emerson, Owen, Finley, Bella, Sophie, Sister of the late Mary Winfred Kerwin and Margaret Kerwin. Visitation Wednesday, 2-9pm at Chas. Verheyden, Inc., 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. Funeral Mass, Thursday 10am at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 1721 Junction Avenue, Detroit, MI 48209. Live stream available at In keeping with Mrs. Tobin's lifelong devotion to her Catholic faith, in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Most Holy Redeemer Grade School, 1711 Junction Avenue, Detroit, MI 48209, The Redemptorists / Denver Province, 1633 North Cleveland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614, Visitation Parish, 5407 Comber Sideroad, Comber, ON, N0P 1J0 Canada, St. Bonaventure Monastery, 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207, IHM Sisters, 610 W. Elm, Monroe, MI 48162, Pope Francis Center, 438 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 48226, Due to the Covid Pandemic shut down in Canada, a Memorial Mass will be held at a later date at Visitation Parish. Share a memory at


Roisin Coll wrote on Jun 12, 2021:

"Sending love to all of you from Scotland. It was a privilege to have known your mum and to have shared in those special occasions in Rome. Count on our prayers for your very special family. Love from Roisín, Hugh and family x"

Joyce Jones wrote on May 29, 2021:

"I have great, loving memories of Mrs. Tobin and her wonderful, loving family. I attended Redeemer and was in Molly?s grade. Being one of only a few black students, starting there in 6th grade was quite a culture change for me. The Tobin family welcomed me with open arms, and it was quite comforting. Mrs. Tobin was a great woman I was blessed to know. "

Annie (Reeber) Nickert wrote on May 27, 2021:

"I send my heartfelt condolences to ALL the Tobin family. Your Mom?s laughter is what I will always cherish. She filled the room with a mother?s joy, and ?her little light of mine? twinkle in her eyes. You have been blessed with the purist of motherly love and compassion. I remember feeling ?untethered? when my parents passed away, but the strength they instilled in our family bond helped me through those sad times. I hope and pray for all of you to be strong, support and love each other - everything and nothing changed last Sunday. "

Michael Tellier wrote on May 27, 2021:

"Was very sorry to hear that Mrs. Tobin had passed away recently, she was a very wonderful and friendly person. I visited the home many times to repair the family's appliances and enjoyed the many conversations we had together while in the home. My condolences Mike Tellier "

Mary Ann Van Note wrote on May 27, 2021:

"I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Tobin on June 29, 2013 in Rome for then Archbishop Tobin receiving his Pulliam from Pope Francis. I could immediately feel her warmth & genuine love for her family & all those who she met. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis coordinated the trip for all interested members of our Archdiocese. My second encounter was in the airport in Detroit as we flew to Rome for the Consistory to see the elevation of the Archbishop to Cardinal. She never stopped smiling for the entire trip. Her pride in all her family was shining brightly throughout the once in a lifetime experience. My last visit with Mrs. Tobin was December 8, 2016 at the Farewell Liturgy for Cardinal Tobin before he began his new assignment in Newark. I remember saying to her, I hope he'll remember me. She reassured me he would & he has done as his Mom said he would. Thank you Tobinites for sharing your lovely, kind & generous Mother with all of us. Her love of her catholic faith shines through in all of you. Also her Irish sense of humor & love of playing the piano. My deepest sympathy to all of you. Eternal rest grant unto her Oh Lord & may perpetual light shine upon her. Love & prayers! Mary Ann Van Note i.e., The Queen of Lithuania "

Amy Rogers wrote on May 27, 2021:

"I'm so sorry I could not make the funeral. I remember all the Tobins, but especially Ann, my childhood friend. Being at that house in Detroit was an experience. Mrs. Tobin was always welcoming, and I remember the longest kitchen table I ever saw. I also remember always having this great drink--it was red-- but I never knew what it was but it seemed like they had vats of it and it was always offered to me. All the older kids would be running in and out and always nice. The aunts would walk through now and then. It was wonderfully crazy in a way...and all the while Mrs. Tobin overseeing it smiling as I recall. How we all fit in that little yard with everyone hanging around I don't know.. it was fun and warm and welcoming. Ann and I were walking home from grade school together and I was going to go home with her one day but that was the day I found out my Dad had cancer so I told her I couldn't go. We were so young. She had a great smile. Great red hair too. Then she told me a few weeks later they were going to Canada....and just like that my friend was gone. I've never forgotten Ann, the family, the house, or Mrs. TOBIN'S smile. Thank you for the memories. Amy Rogers "

Thérèse Quenneville wrote on May 27, 2021:

"A million thanks to all the Tobin family and especially His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Tobin for giving us the distinct privilege of inviting us to your mom's final good-bye. What a wonderful, glorious celebration of her "98 spring times". Every moment was appreciated. Every minute effort at such a complicated time during a pandemic must be applauded. To all who made it possible, (nothing short of a miracle) thank you from the bottom of our hearts. May God bless you and keep you all as you go on without her. Thanks and thanks and merci infiniment ! Thérèse Quenneville "

FR. CHUCK BEIERWALTES CSsR wrote on May 27, 2021:


lisa roath wrote on May 27, 2021:

"She was such a beautiful genuine person! She always made us feel like part of the family! She will be truly missed by all!"

Peggy Carlin wrote on May 26, 2021:

"I have many fond memories of Marie Terese when the Carlins came to many Redemptorist events and would meet up with all the Tobins. Marie Terese was very kind to all of us. As evidenced by the beautiful photos, she was a woman who about love - for her husband, her family, her friends and her faith. You are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP and in the arms of God. Peggy Carlin, Omaha, Nebraska. "

Sharman Henry wrote on May 26, 2021:

"Two months ago, your beautiful Mother phoned me the day after Cecile passed away. I will cherish her words always."

Angela & Jamie Soulliere wrote on May 26, 2021:

"Sending my deepest condolences to all who loved Mrs. Tobin. Not that I need to tell you- but she was a loving and kind person. She made Jamie and I feel welcome immediately when we joined the community at Visitation Parish. We joined you all one year at Thanksgiving. And what a treat that was! She will be missed- by all of you for certain- but by her faith community as well. Rest In Peace. Prayers. "

Angela & Jamie Soulliere wrote on May 26, 2021:

"Sending my deepest condolences to all who loved Mrs. Tobin. Not that I need to tell you- but she was a loving and kind person. She made Jamie and I feel welcome immediately when we joined the community at Visitation Parish. We joined you all one year at Thanksgiving. And what a treat that was! She will be missed- by all of you for certain- but by her faith community as well. Rest In Peace. Prayers. "

Randy Cyr wrote on May 26, 2021:

"Please accept my condolences on the passing of a wonderful lady. I met Mrs. Tobin through Pauline O?Connor and had the great fortune to have lunch on a couple of occasions at that idyllic place on the lake. I will always remember her as a genuine, loving Christian woman and no doubt in the best of company now. I too was blessed to meet her, gone yet never to be forgotten. Randy Cyr"

Sharon (La Rue) Benoit wrote on May 26, 2021:

"Mrs. Tobin taught me Catechism class as a young child and was so kind. I really looked forward to seeing her each week. She would bake treats for us made with love. Even as an adult I often fondly remember her strong faith in God, her gentle kindness and acceptance of all. My deepest condolences to her family. You are all in my prayers. Sharon (La Rue) Benoit"

Thérèse Quenneville wrote on May 26, 2021:

"To the most beautiful family in Canada ! Dearest family of Marie Terese, in my sister Cécile's name (Quenneville) I offer you my most heartfelt condolences as your precious, wonderful beacon of love and hope has to say good-bye. Stoney-Point, Pointe-aux-Roches will never be the same without your mom. I can't even begin to imagine how much you will miss her. May God help you at this painful time. Your mom has been such an inspiration to all who knew her. Take care all of you. Much love, Thérèse Quenneville, Windsor. "

Ann Marie Boutt wrote on May 26, 2021:

"my sister, Kathleen died many years ago from complications from Brain surgery. After her death My mother and I were devastated..Your Aunt Margaret,s room was down the hall.Your Mom was there and hugged us with Many words of comfort. Iwill never forget this kindness. God rest her dear Soul."

Kelly Maitre wrote on May 26, 2021:

"Sara, my condolences to you and your family. You are all in my prayers. Kelly Maitre"

Dendooven Family wrote on May 26, 2021:

"Sincere condolences to the entire Tobin family re the recent passing of your mother, grandmother and great-grandmother - you are in our thoughts and prayers. Dendooven Family"

Tom Weaver wrote on May 26, 2021:

"Grew up with Jim, Winnie, Margaret and Marie Terese. Went to school at Holy Redeemer, class of 1950. Thoughts and prayers with Father Joe and family. Tom Weaver"

Susan Chaput wrote on May 26, 2021:

"Sara, Kathy, and the Tobin family. My thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of your Mother. She was such a Beautiful, loving Lady. I will miss having little chats with her whenever I saw her at the grocery store. She was an inspiration and a joy to be around. She will definitely be missed by many. Sue Chaput "

Ken & Carol Bracken wrote on May 26, 2021:

"To the Tobin Family: Our sincere sympathy on the passing of your mother. A very loved woman as seen by the many pictures posted. Lots of cherished memories. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Ken & Carol Bracken"

Dick Mevissen, CSsR wrote on May 26, 2021:

"Dear Joe & Tobin family, My heart goes out to you at the passing of your dear mother Marie. She and your family are in my thought and prayer. Love, Mev (Fr. Dick Mevissen)"

Maureen wrote on May 26, 2021:

"Mrs Tobin was such a remarkable woman. What a beautiful family she raised. Mrs Tobin knew my mom Helen Sinnott and my grandfather William Sinnott from years at Holy Redeemer. The Tobin family always welcomed me whenever we would stop by to see her at Stoney Pointe. There was always some of the kids and grandkids there. And they were all so gracious. I was the soloist for many Tobin weddings both at Holy Redeemer and Canada. What a legacy this remarkable woman leaves. Rest In Peace Marie Therese and rest well knowing how many people?s lives you have touched with your goodness and kindness. Love and prayers for your family......Maureen Tafelski Cesarz Wilkie"

Bob Faszczewski wrote on May 26, 2021:

"We were long-time parishioners in St. James the Apostle Parish in Springfield, NJ. We send our sincere condolences to Cardinal Tobin and his family on the death of your mother. Bob and Joan Faszczewski, Berlin, MD."

Donna Orsuto wrote on May 26, 2021:

"The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas in Rome assures the Tobin family of our prayers at this time. Mass will be offered in our chapel for Mrs Marie Terese Tobin. May she rest in peace and may the family be consoled by the love and support of family and friends."

Robin Missant wrote on May 26, 2021:

"What a sainted intelligent lady. I will miss our visits down the road neighbor."

Robin Missant wrote on May 26, 2021:

"What a lovely intelligent, sainted lady. I will miss my dear neighbor down the road. "

Tammy mailloux wrote on May 26, 2021:

"My deepest condolences to all of you she was a great mom and was the kindest lady I knew god bless you all "

Sandra Brown wrote on May 26, 2021:

"Remembering when I first met Mrs. Tobin, I worked for Margo and Ann. Her conversations were always a blessing to me. She would talk about her Bible group, studies, but most of all God. She had such a peace about her and so much love that made you feel special. Her soft voice and her kindness could get you through any day. I am so happy I had an opportunity to know her, but especially happy when one day she looked at me and said, ?you call me Mom?. So, today mom I am saying good night because I know you are resting now and in the day of the Lord I will see you and say ?good morning?."

Rita Foley wrote on May 25, 2021:

"My heartfelt condolences to Therese, Maeve, and the entire Tobin Clan. ?? May the fond memories of loving times with your Mom and Grandma bring you comfort in your sorrow. May your hearts be lifted with joy picturing your Mom dancing with the angels. Keeping you close in thought and prayer during this difficult time. With Love and Sympathy, Ritz"

Patrick McBride wrote on May 25, 2021:

"May God bless your entire clan, as He already obviously has! Hoping each of you carries within you a large portion of the grace imparted through Marie Theresa. Pat McBride "

Christine Mcelrath wrote on May 25, 2021:

"Rest peacefully to one of the most amazing women I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Her heart was tremendous, she had an amazing spirit and her faith could move mountains. My mother worked for the Tobin family for over 25 years and we were always family to them. I babysat alot of her grandchildren and would spend many summer days at her home on the lake. She was my third grandmother. I?m absolutely heartbroken that I won?t have the opportunity to say good bye in person but I can hear her voice in my head right now saying Aww I love you honey!"

Alison Matthew wrote on May 25, 2021:

"We're so sorry to hear about your mother,Sara.She was a lovely woman,always smiling whenever I saw her,whether it was at Mass or at a school function.We will keep all of you in our prayers.Sincerely,Alison,Chris,Pat and Graeme Matthew"

Tony Schmitt wrote on May 25, 2021:

"Mrs. Tobin was one of the most faith filled , loving, kind Catholic disciples I have met in life. She & her family opened their home to us young Fisher men for an annual fishing derby in the early 1980's. We had a big contingent, but we were welcomed with food, kindness, & treated like family . Mrs Tobin's legacy will never die. So many offspring that will carry on. My condolences, prayers, & love. Tony Schmitt "

Katherine Marsh wrote on May 25, 2021:

"How do you speak adequately of a woman like Marie Therese Tobin? When she spoke to you it always was full of words of encouragement and gratitude. Whenever I put something together for May devotions or for the schools or even when I was just busying about my work at Visitation Parish, she would greet me with that characteristic smile of hers that just drew you in, take my hand and with both gentleness, fire and strength look me straight in the eyes and tell me I was doing good work. She had a way about her, even in infirmity of imparting strength, joy and acceptance. She was an example to me of real Gospel hospitality, and even though I was technically the pastoral minister, I always felt that I received so much more from her simple and profound kindness. To the entire family, please know you are in my prayers. I mourn with you and wish I could express my sincere affection in person."

Sis Lucas wrote on May 25, 2021:

"I was sent to visit Marie Terese about 29 years ago. I was looking for spiritual guidance. What a blessing to have her as my mentor & friend. Will be forever missed. Rest in the loving arms of our Saviour. Love Always, Sis. ??????"

Fr. John Phelps, C.Ss.R. wrote on May 25, 2021:

"What a beautiful, joyous and saintly woman! I remember the first time I met her - she was all aglow over Sara. She loved life - what a joy she was and will continue to be in heaven praying for all of us. Fr. John Phelps, Redemptorist."

fr.larry brunet wrote on May 25, 2021:

"dear tobin sincere condolences on the passing of your wonderful and holy mother. im sure JESUS had a special place for her in heaven next to brunet."

Marr and Rita Huson wrote on May 25, 2021:

"Dear Tobin family, please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your most precious mother, mother in law and grandma. She will certainly be missed by all of you and all of us who knew her. She was a strong woman in the Lord and such a beautiful lady full of faith and life. Heaven has welcomed an angel ?. May her soul Rest In Peace in the loving arms of Jesus. Keeping all of you in thoughts and prayers. ???"

Judy Booth wrote on May 24, 2021:

"To the Tobin Family?I was heart broken to hear about your mom but what an incredible life she had! My best memories involve your mom and her warm welcome at the lake! She had the best hugs and smiles and the door was always open. Jill and I always pretended that we were number 14 and 15!! Thank you for posting all those incredible pictures?what a tribute to an incredible woman who left such an incredible legacy!!! I am sending the biggest prayers, and the biggest hugs to each of you! Judy Dufour Booth"

Polish Intergroup wrote on May 24, 2021:

"Dear Cardinal Tobin, We are very sorry for the loss of your Mom. Please accept our deepest condolences and know that You and your family are in our prayers in this time of sorrow. We hope you find solitude and peace in knowing that the Good Lord is holding Her in His arms and may He give you strength to get through this difficult time. Very Thankful for our meeting and your words of wisdom and encouragement AA Fellowship Polish Intergroup "

Gregory M. Kolasa wrote on May 24, 2021:

"I wish to express my sincere sympathy to the whole Tobin family on the passing of your mom. I remember His Eminence yet as Father Joe from Redeemer. I was the manager of Our Lady of Hope Cemetery from 1976 till I retired in 2016. Father Joe helped me obtain information on Fr. Aegedius Smulderd, a Civil War chaplain and founder of Holy Redeemer Parish. I was forever grateful for your help, Fr. Joe! God bless you and your whole family in your time of grief. You are all forever in my prayers. "

Sharon and Dan Conway wrote on May 24, 2021:

"God bless the Tobin family on the passing of their dear mother. She now intercedes for all her family from Heaven. Sharon and Dan Conway, Louisville, Kentucky "

Fr. Joe Barbone wrote on May 24, 2021:

"Dear Cardinal Tobin, Please accept the sincerest condolences from the entire parish of Saint James the Apostle, Springfield, and myself on the death of your mom. She certainly lived a full life, and now she enjoys eternity with the Lord. May she rest in peace. May you find the same peace in the Lord, and the strength in Him and in your family. Hopefully, you have wonderful memories of your mother, which you and your family can share for many years. You will always hear her tape playing in your head,a s she reminds you what you need to do. Mothers do that. Peace, to you and your family. Fr. Joe Barbone Pastor"

Nancy Armstrong-Montes wrote on May 24, 2021:

"Prayers from Sacred Heart Parish in Nespelem, WA on the Colville Indian Reservation. We are uplifting Marie Therese and the Family in Our prayers. We have 55 years of memories of Marie Therese in our hearts."