This obituary has been updated with funeral information.
Sadie Vieira Quinn was born in Dearborn, Michigan on February 18, 1997 and passed away suddenly on January 6, 2023. She is survived by her parents Brian and Sandra Quinn, her sister Sandy Quinn, her grandmother Frances Quinn, and her grandfather. , Hildo Andrade de Freitas, and a very close network of her family and friends.
A brilliant student, Sadie graduated cum laude from Troy High School in 2015 and the University of Michigan in 2022 with multiple degrees in Biochemistry, Comparative Literature and French. She was also a member of the Honors Program at the College of Letters, Sciences and Arts.
Sadie’s world was big and her dreams were big. But she was based on her special family ties. Sadie and Sandy are very close and were often mistaken for twins when they were children. Sadie and Sandy talked for hours, played ballet, lived together in Ann Arbor, and traveled to Nice, France with another pseudo-sister, Fernanda. Sadie was always talking and emailing Fernanda to keep up with her family’s news in Brazil. Sadie’s Aunt Savia meant a lot to her, too. She described her relationship with her Savia as “a bit of a mother, sister and aunt.” Of course, her grandfather was also special to her. Especially Hild, who is 99 years old and still alive today. She was engrossed in his story. A tribute to Sadie posts a video on her wall highlighting her relationship with Hild.
With close ties to Brazilian descent and fluent in Portuguese, she spent her entire summer in Brazil. During her high school and college summers, she volunteered as a community doctor at a hospital and created first aid kits at a local clinic. She has a deep passion for helping others and she has shown it through many outlets.She had a dream of becoming a pediatrician.
A voracious reader, Sadie beautifully expressed herself through her writing, especially poetry. She joined her New England Literature Program (NELP) in Spring 2022 to immerse herself in her reading, writing and nature.
In the summer of 2022, Sadie was a mentor to an underprivileged young man from Detroit who excelled in science. Its mission is to guide and assist high school students in pursuing careers in science. In this program, high school students conduct scientific research and experiments to show what employment opportunities are available in the future. Sadie was also an expert with these students, so she helped them apply to college!
When she died, she was teaching English in Toulouse, France. Sadie loves French (her third language) and she was very excited about this opportunity. She was a charming and personal instructor, loved by her students and her fellow teachers, and a tribute to her wall shows Sadie’s light and love for her children. Post a video demonstrating the teaching.
It’s impossible to fit Sadie’s life on one page. She was lively, kind, bold, hilarious, inspiring, and stunning. She struggled like everyone does, but her dream kept her going. Each of her family and friends will forever have her memories of how Sadie laughed, talked, danced and celebrated life with us.
Families will welcome friends at AJ Desmond & Sons 2600 Crooks Rd on Sunday, January 15 from 2-8pm. Troy. (248) 362-2500
Funeral Mass at 1400 St. Andrew Catholic Church, Inglewood, Rochester, Monday, January 16, at 11:00 am.
Visits to the church will begin at 10:30 am.
Guardian Angel Cemetery in Rochester.
Instead of flowers, Sadie’s family asks for donations to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. https://www.stjude.org/donate
A family friend also launched a GoFundMe. This will contribute to a memorial project to be established in the near future. https://www.gofundme.com/f/sadievquinn
Published by AJ Desmond & Sons Funeral Director – Crooks Road on January 12, 2023.