Jeanette Boudreau, IHM
Sister Jeanette was born in Flint, Mich. on Jan. 2, 1938 to Stephen and Mary Jane (DeBurger) Boudreau. She was baptized as Beverly Ann at the church of St. Matthew, Flint. The Boudreau children attended St. Michael grade and high schools in Flint. Beverly Ann entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1961 and received the religious name Sister Marie Jeanette.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marygrove College, she spent several years teaching at St. Martin and St. Charles, Detroit and at Immaculate Heart of Mary High School in Westchester, Ill. During that time, she became keenly interested in serving children of difficult circumstances and ministered at the Detroit House of Corrections. Sister Jeanette returned to studies and earned a Master of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Detroit. A second master’s degree followed in Criminal Justice in December 1976. Her ministry of the next 10-plus years as correctional matron, prison-ministry at local/state and federal levels, family liaison and counseling, St. Vincent Hall for Unwed Mothers, supervisor, case manager and assistant warden at several correctional institutions; moved her to Montgomery, Ala., Broward County, Miami, Fla.; Oklahoma Department of Corrections and the State Correctional Institution at Gatesville, Texas.
After relocating to Detroit in 1987, Sister Jeanette returned to teaching and campus ministry at Marygrove College for more than 10 years. In her early retirement, she was a regular volunteer tutor for the Mercy Education Project in Detroit. In 2009, she moved to the Motherhouse in Monroe and continued her work with the Mercy Education Project as well as championing many of her favorite causes.
Sister Jeanette suffered a decline in health in 2016 and moved into the IHM Health Care Center. She was under hospice care at the time of her death.
Sister Jeanette is survived by her sister Dorothy (Jim) Herman of St. Petersburg, Fla.; brothers William and Paul; many friends and her sisters in community.
Read her Remembering.