(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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My fond memories of Sister Agnes Ann stretch back to 4th grade in 1955 at St. Matthew Grammar School, Chicago , Il. I am forever in awe of the life works she and her colleagues perform and grateful for the guidance she gave me. I had the honor of connecting and dining with Sisters Agnes and Elinor Patrice Hughes at the Golden Mushroom Restaurant in Michigan while on a business trip 20+ years ago. She presented me the small knife taken from me in 4th grade which she used for decades to open her mail !!! I am blessed having these priceless influences in my life. God Bless them.
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