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Sister Irene Waldmann, CSJ

June 30, 2022
Nazareth, MI



Tuesday, July 5, 2022
9:30 AM EDT
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Meeting ID: 842 6933 4018 Passcode: 572081


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Sisters of St. Joseph
2929 Nazareth Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
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Life Story / Obituary


Irene Waldmann was born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 8, 1925, the daughter of Arthur and Irene (Becker) Waldmann. Irene was a member of St. Benedict Parish in Highland Park at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1947. She received the name Sister Therese at her reception on January 3, 1948, but later returned to the use of her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1950, and final vows on January 3, 1953.

Sister Irene earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Nazareth College, a Master of Arts degree and a Ph.D. degree in English from Fordham University in New York. She also pursued graduate studies through Fordham University. She did an Administrative Internship on a Ford Foundation Internship in Higher Education. Sister Irene began her professional career as a teacher at St. Bernard High School in Detroit. She then served for 7 years as Registrar and Acting Dean of Nazareth College. Upon her return from Fordham she assumed the office of Academic Dean at the College. In 1972 Sister Irene was elected President of the SSJ Congregation, a position she held for the next 8 years. She then went to Borgess Hospital as Vice-President of Education. When the SSJ Health System was formed, Sister Irene was appointed President and held this position for 10 years. She then spent the next 6 years in senior ministry at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2001 she retired to Nazareth and became Chairperson of the Peace and Justice Committee. She also assumed the position of Curator of the Nazareth History and Archives.

Throughout her life Sister Irene was extraordinarily faithful to every task the Community requested of her – never giving up in the face of difficulties, but persevering to the end. She was a woman with many skills, vision, patience and perseverance. May Sister Irene now enjoy a place of light, happiness and peace in God’s kingdom of glory forever.

May She Rest In Peace!