In Memoriam


(1928-2017)

Sister Joan Sopha, born in Port Huron, Michigan, on December 12, 1928, was second youngest of eight children born to Herbert and Mary (Lynch) Sopha. She was born at home and, because she barely weighed one and a half pounds, was baptized a few weeks later. 

Sister Joan’s father was an engineer at Edison and her mother was a homemaker. The eight children attended St. Stephen Grade School staffed by the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Sisters from Monroe. She continued her education at St. Stephen High School, where she graduated in 1947. 

In her biography, Sister Joan is described as actively participating in high school basketball and tennis games. In fact, it was after a game with St. Joseph High School in Port Huron that Sister Joan first met the Adrian Dominican Sisters. What impressed her most was the Sisters’ outgoing spirit because they attended all of St. Joseph’s athletic events to support their team.

Read more about Sister Joan (pdf)

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