In Memoriam

(1933 - 2015)
Sister Judith Ann Lieder was born on May 26, 1933, in Detroit. She was the second of four children born to Leonard and Clara (Polakowski) Lieder: Rosemary, the first born who lived only a few hours, then Gerald and Marlene.  

Her father was a native of Detroit and her mother was from Everson, Pennsylvania. They met when her mother came to Detroit to find a job.   They married, made their home in Detroit and were members of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish. Sister Judy and her siblings attended the parish elementary school with the Sylvania Franciscans. 


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(1927 - 2015)
Sister Bernadette Mary Syron, born on April 1, 1927, in Detroit, was the third of six children born to Hugh and Elizabeth (Phillips) Syron. Her mother was born in Cashel, Ireland, and her father was born in Chicago. In her autobiography, Sister Bernadette Mary described where her parents first met.

My mother worked for the Army as a switchboard operator. Her name was Elizabeth and she did not want to be called Lizzie. When she was introduced to my father at a church affair he said, “It is a privilege to meet you, Miss Elizabeth.”   

They were married at St. Benedict Church in Highland Park, Michigan. My father, who was a professional golfer, took a job at a golf course in Detroit that was very close to Gesu [Parish]. In the off-season he sold real estate. My mother was a stay-at-home mom.

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(1934 - 2015)
Sister Joann Weigang was born in Detroit on June 25, 1934, the first of three children born to Joseph and Catherine (Csernai) Weigang. Both of her parents were born in Detroit; her mother was Austrian-Hungarian and her father was German. In her autobiography, Sister Joann wrote:

We were quite a family! I thank God each day for the family life I grew up in, which was different from what some children have today. Love, kindness, concern, patience, respect were nurturing qualities that were instilled in us along with our faith, moral values and principles.

When my father was a child he had rheumatic fever and a rare kidney disease which [eventually] led to the congestive heart failure that caused his death on August 25, 1944. His early death left my mother with three small children: Patricia, 8, Joseph, 3, and I was 10. Thanks to [her] we were able to continue as a family through our loss without emotional problems or scars.


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(1923 - 2015)
Virginia Marie LaTourelle, known also as Sister Agnes Ann, was born on September 24, 1922, in Detroit. She was the first of the two girls born to Harold and Angeline (Hoeykens) LaTourelle. Her parents were married in St. Catherine Church on October 18, 1921.

Thinking he was going to have a large family, her father, designed a house and had it built in 1926 in St. David Parish. In her autobiography, Sister Virginia described events that changed everything.

It was there that [my mother] Angeline became sick for a long time with Bright’s disease and had to follow a special diet that included liver. Many memorares were said by her children and family. It was about this time that America fell into the Great Depression and my sister Dorothy and I got Scarlet Fever.  

Tool and die makers were not needed and [my dad] could not find work. To earn a living he opened a store and the family lived above it. It was hard work, but we struggled together through the Depression.

By 1932 the economy improved and her father found a job and the family rented a house near his work.


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