Sister Michael Claire Wilson, baptized Barbara Lynn Wilson, was born on December 22, 1933, in Detroit. She was the first of five children born to Joseph and Evelyn (Schulte) Wilson. Both parents were born in Detroit. Her father was a lawyer-accountant.
Barbara had been educated in a public grade school and was attending Dominican High School when she received her parents’ permission to transfer to St. Joseph Academy and enroll in the Congregation’s Preparatory Program that began in 1943. After graduating from the Academy in June 1949 she entered the postulate on September 8, 1949, at the age of fifteen. At reception the following year in August she received her religious name Sister Michael Claire.
Following profession on August 9, 1951, Sister Michael Claire was missioned to St. Joseph School in Homewood, Illinois, where she taught for seven years. In February of her last year at St. Joseph (1959), she was reassigned to study at Siena Heights College and to finish her undergraduate studies. She received a bachelor’s degree in the summer of 1959.
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My deepest sympathy to Sister Michael's family. I was one of her students at the Winslow Indian Dormitory in Winslow, Arizona. I will always remember her very fondly. I knew she worked as a tutor and she worked for the Title IV program. I hope she knows that many of her students did very well as they graduated from high school and onto college. I graduated from Winslow High School and the University of Arizona. I saw Sister Michael as a very positive, dedicated person who worked passionately for all her students. I appreciate her time and commitment that she gave to the Native American community. Thank you (A' ke e)Orlinda Shirley Wirth
Sister Michael Claire was a friend of our family. It was always a treat when she would swing into town and see my grandparents and parents. I loved hearing her stories of where she was and what she was doing. May she rest in peace.
I was a student of Sister Michael Claire in Ruth, MI during the 60's. I have such fond memories of her smile and sense of humor. I'm so grateful that I was able to share in her life story.
I am looking for the video of Michael's Vigil and funeral??
S. JoAnn, the videos are now available on S. Michael Claire Wilson's obituary. You can watch them directly on this site or download them to your computer.
Hi S. JoAnn - It typically takes one to two weeks until the funeral and vigil videos are accessible on this page.
Str. Mike has a large, extended family who live all over the country. It would have been nice if we had been notified of her service, and been given time to fly to Michigan and pay our respects. I am her niece and she has been a role-model for me. She is much loved, and she will be sorely missed.
Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your Aunt. We are sorry that you missed her service, but you will be able to view a recording of both the wake and funeral services here. Following our established protocol, Sister Michael Claire left a short list of family contacts to notify, and those family members were asked to inform other family members. We celebrate the positive impact Sister Michael Claire had on you and the lives of so many.
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