(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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