Joanne (John Mark) Witucki, IHM
Sister Joanne was born on March 6, 1940 in Detroit to Roman and Elizabeth (Armstrong) Witucki. Given the name Joanne, she was baptized at Saint Cecilia, Detroit. Joanne attended St. Francis of Assisi Grade School and graduated from Holy Redeemer High School, Detroit. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Monroe) in 1958 and received the religious name Sister John Mark.
After entering the community, Sister Joanne began teaching elementary students at Gesu, Detroit, while pursuing a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College, Detroit. She later earned a master’s degree from the University of Detroit. She spent one year studying at Lumen Vitae Center in Brussels, Belgium. Returning to Michigan in 1970, her teaching focused on religious education and administration at Epiphany and Mother of Our Savior, Detroit, and for 10 years at St. Priscilla, Livonia, as director of religious education.
In 1980, Sister Joanne entered congregational leadership as provincial of the Northeast Province until 1988. Sister Joanne moved to Oklahoma City for a year of renewal. During this time, she earned a second master’s degree in pastoral ministry. She stayed in Oklahoma City for the next 14 years, serving Immaculate Conception Parish as religious education coordinator and parish minister.
In 2003, she accepted a position as pastoral associate at St. Joseph in Bay City, Mich. These were very enjoyable years at the parish and with all who participated in the community life. Considering her health, Sister Joanne said good-bye to St. Joseph and moved to the Motherhouse in 2011. Sister Joanne volunteered within the Motherhouse community as she was able and often shared her sense of humor with residents and staff alike.
Sister Joanne is survived by her brothers, Lawrence and David, nieces and nephews and her sisters in community. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Michael.
Read her Remembering here.