In Memoriam


Sister Mary Irene Wischmeyer, OP (Edward Irene)

(1926-2021)

Sister Mary Irene Wischmeyer, formerly known as Sister Edward Irene, died on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 94 years of age and in the 77th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Mary Irene was born in Shepherd, Michigan, to Edward and Irene (Siefker) Wischmeyer. She graduated from Resurrection High School in Lansing, Michigan, and received a bachelor’s degree in Latin and a Master of Education degree, both from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.

Sister spent 38½ years ministering in education in Detroit, Ruth, Flint, and Farmington, Michigan, and in Joliet and St. Charles, Illinois. She was principal at Holy Name School in Detroit from 1962 to 1967. 

Sister Mary Irene became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 1986. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers: Maurice Wischmeyer, Melvin Wischmeyer, Norman Wischmeyer and Reverend Amos Wischmeyer. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via live stream

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Word Service will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Prayers of Committal will be held in the back of St. Catherine Chapel.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

Sister's Prayer Card (PDF)

 

Vigil for Sister Mary Irene

Worship Aid (PDF)


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Funeral for Sister Mary Irene

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Avatar  Dan Sagert last weekReply

Sister Edward Irene could be a tough cookie...However I knew a different side to her....she was always kind to me and to my family during our time together at Holy Name. I got into my my fair share of trouble and we did have our confrontations but she always sat me down and explained why I should shape up. She recognized talents and traits that I didn't at that time, and she helped me to grow as a person. Holy Name was a pretty special time and I have incredible memories of my friends and the Sisters who helped us through. Thank you Sister Edward Irene. Peace on your next journey.

Avatar  Jennifer Pavlat 2 weeks agoReply

Dear Sisters, family and friends of Sister Irene,

My heart goes out to each of you for the loss of Sr. Irene. You are in my prayers.

I met Sr. Irene when I lived in Adrian from 2006 until 2012. I had several Golden Retrievers (Toby, Maverick, Ollie, Bailey, and Logan) who were certified Therapy Dogs. It was a highlight of my life when I would take my dogs (one at a time, of course) to visit the Sisters at the Dominican Life Center. One Sister, Sr. Irene, was a favorite of mine. She loved when the dogs came around and she anxiously awaited our visits. Most of the time she was seated in her wheelchair when we came, but occasionally, she was lying down in bed. If Sr. Irene was in bed when we arrived, she would immediately grab the remote control and lower her bed to the ground. She would then pat the side of her bed and encourage the dog to join her! She was such a delightful person with a bright smile and warm heart. I have a beautiful photo from a visit I enjoyed with Sr. Irene in August of 2012 when she had big old Logan lying at her side. I'm pretty sure my Logan weighed more than she did, but she was glowing with happiness from having him join her. I would happily share this wonderful moment from Sr. Irene's life but I can't figure out how to attach the photo here. Feel free to email me and I can forward it.

My heart is heavy knowing of the recent losses the Dominican Sisters have experienced. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I wish you peace and God's comfort.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Pavlat

Avatar  Jennifer Pavlat 2 weeks agoReply

Dear Sisters, family and friends of Sister Irene,

My heart goes out to each of you for the loss of Sr. Irene. You are in my prayers.

I met Sr. Irene when I lived in Adrian from 2006 until 2012. I had several Golden Retrievers (Toby, Maverick, Ollie, Bailey, and Logan) who were certified Therapy Dogs. It was a highlight of my life when I would take my dogs (one at a time, of course) to visit the Sisters at the Dominican Life Center. One Sister, Sr. Irene, was a favorite of mine. She loved when the dogs came around and she anxiously awaited our visits. Most of the time she was seated in her wheelchair when we came, but occasionally, she was lying down in bed. If Sr. Irene was in bed when we arrived, she would immediately grab the remote control and lower her bed to the ground. She would then pat the side of her bed and encourage the dog to join her! She was such a delightful person with a bright smile and warm heart. I have a beautiful photo from a visit I enjoyed with Sr. Irene in August of 2012 when she had big old Logan lying at her side. I'm pretty sure my Logan weighed more than she did, but she was glowing with happiness from having him join her. I would happily share this wonderful moment from Sr. Irene's life but I can't figure out how to attach the photo here. Feel free to email me and I can forward it.

My heart is heavy knowing of the recent losses the Dominican Sisters have experienced. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I wish you peace and God's comfort.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Pavlat

Avatar  Christine Cassisi 3 weeks agoReply

Sister Ed was the principal when I attended holy name of Jesus elementary school (Graduated in 1964.) in Detroit. Most the kids called sister “Big Ed”. Sister was very tall and was very disciplined. To her credit mist the kids needed it!
When the Holy Name Facebook page posted her passing there were plenty of reactions. She is actually one of maybe two sisters I remember from those school days. May she RIP. her dedication is greatly appreciated.

Avatar  Irene LeFevre last monthReply

I am sorry for hers family’s loss. I remember her well from Holy Name of Jesus elementary school in Detroit, Michigan. May she Rest In Peace in the arms of our beloved father. 🙏🏻

Avatar  ruth chaney strahan last monthReply

SO SORRY TO HEAR OF SISTER IRENE DEATH. HER MOM, AND MY MOM ARE SISTERS. SHE WILL NOW JOIN THE REST IN PEACE. HEAVEN HAS RECEIVED ANOTHER ANGEL.....RUTH A. {CHANEY} STRAHAN

Avatar  Margaret Fuller last monthReply

Bless her for a long life. 97 years. Hope it was a peaceful end.

I am sure we had her as a teacher either at St. Brigid grade school (50s) or Rosary High ( early 60s). I remember her name and being a good teacher.

RIP Sister
Margaret



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