(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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she is always live in our heart we all love her so much. i am very sad that she has gone to god but i know the god will piece her soul thank you.
Sister Joann and Dr. Rosemary Havey were very good friends to our Dominican Fathers' community at St. Gertrude's in St. Clair Shores in the 1990s. They often surprised us with treats and other kindnesses. At that time, there were numerous Adrian Sisters on the East Side, perhaps especially in the St. Clair Shores, and it pleased us that St. Gertrude's served as a sort of home space for them - at least for various liturgies and ceremonies. By that time, Rosemary had left the Congregation but had returned as an Associate member and she and Sister Joann were living together in community. Of course, I've always been devoted to the Adrian Congregation and three of the other Fathers in the house were alumni of Adrian schools, so we were all very comfortable in the company of Adrian Dominicans. We enjoyed the feeling that we were part of a caring and fun-loving Dominican family neighborhood. Sr. Joann and Dr. Rosemary were very much at the center of all of that. May God grant her eternal rest.
Sister Joanne you will be dearly missed. I know the good Lord has a special place in heaven for you Sister. You brought many blessings to so many people. At the end of your life you never stopped ministering to others. As an amputee you ministered to other amputees by working with Comfort Prosthetics. You will be always remembered for the generosity of your spirit. May you rest in peace dear Sister Joanne till we meet again! Fr. Luke, your friend.
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