JoAnn (Thomas Ann) McAnoy, IHM


Sister JoAnn, born in Akron, Ohio, on Oct. 3, 1926, was the eldest of five children born to Thomas and Anne (Conlon) McAnoy. Her parents had emigrated from Scotland and England, respectively. A few years after her birth, the family moved to Detroit where she attended St. Gregory Grade School and graduated from St. Gregory High School in Detroit. That summer, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe, and received the religious name, Thomas Ann.

Sister JoAnn earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College, Detroit, and a Master of Arts degree from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. At Catholic, she enjoyed learning the areas of English, drama and theatre. As a teacher and administrator, she ministered in formal education at Ss. Peter and Paul, Ionia; St. Mary, Mt. Morris; St. Matthew, Detroit; St. John, Monroe; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Westchester, Ill.; Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe; and Mitchell House (Boysville), Detroit. For many years, she operated the bingo fundraisers, as well as teaching and administration duties, at St. Martin de Porres High School and Holy Rosary Parish, Detroit.

In 1986, Sister JoAnn began a 20-year ministry at Marygrove College, Detroit: first as a beloved teacher/professor of developmental mathematics and then as co-director of Mission Effectiveness.

Sister JoAnn served the congregation as coordinator of Social Action (Justice), as secretary of the Northeast Province and as assistant provincial. Her community service often encompassed social/justice issues: undoing racism, Michigan Interfaith Committee and recently, sustainability. In 2005, she retired from Marygrove and remained active in the Auburn Hills and Detroit communities where she lived. She moved to the Motherhouse in 2012, helping her sisters in community as able.

Sister JoAnn is survived by her sister, Margaret McAnoy, IHM; nieces Kathleen, Mary, Suzanne, Jeanne and Theresa; nephew John; and her sisters in community. She was preceded in death by her sisters Mary McAnoy and Jane M. Zukowski; and brother, Reverend Thomas McAnoy.

Read her Remembering.