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Of the approximately 2,800 people who called the village of Newberry, Michigan, home in the mid-1940s to early 1950s, three of them became Adrian Dominican Sisters. Sister Paul James Villemure was the second of them, after Sister Nadine Foley. (Sister Cora Campbell was the third.)
Lois Marie Villemure was born November 28, 1928, to Joseph and Alma (Benard) Villemure. Joseph, the town’s postmaster, brought two boys, Evar and Robert, into his marriage to Alma in 1920. Joseph’s first wife, Eva, had died in 1919, just days after giving birth to a stillborn baby. After Joseph and Alma married, twelve more children came into the family: Philip, Phyllis, Marcella, Theresa, Lois, Joseph, Charles, Irene, Matthew, Thomas, Paul James (who died in infancy), and Peter.
From an early age, Lois knew she wanted to be a teacher, inspired by the excellent education she received in the Newberry public school system. Her first contact with the Adrian Dominican Sisters came through the catechetical center several of the sisters operated at her parish, St. Gregory, but it was due to her later time at Siena Heights College (University) that she truly knew she was being called to religious life.
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