Lucienne (Marie Gonzaga) LeBlanc, IHM

LEBLANC-LUCIENNE-45Sister Lucienne was one of six children of Hormisdas and Mary (Poisson) LeBlanc. Born on Sept. 20, 1922, in Tingwick, Quebec, Canada, she was baptized Lucienne. Her early education began at St. Patrick in Quebec and continued at the Dart School, St. Michael and St. Mary High School when the family moved to Flint, Michigan. After graduation from St. Mary’s High School,  she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1941 and received the religious name, Marie Gonzaga.

Sister Lucienne earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College, Detroit, and a Master of Arts from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She taught in formal education for 48 years at St. John, Jackson, Mich.; St. Cecilia, Detroit; St. Joseph, Monroe, Mich,; Assumption, Albuquerque, N.M.; St. John, Fenton, Mich.; Sacred Heart, Auburn Heights, Mich.; St. Michael, Flint, Mich.; St. Felicitas, Chicago; and St. Peter Claver and Bishop State Community College, Mobile, Ala.

Following 10 years at Bishop State College, Sister Lucienne served in pastoral ministry at Holy Family Parish in Mobile, before moving to Arizona in 1986. She returned to teaching in adult education at Rio Salado Community College, Phoenix; Glendale Community College, Glendale; and Mesa and Phoenix Community Colleges, Arizona. She later served as a tutor and volunteer at Glendale until her retirement in 2006. Sister Lucienne returned to the IHM Motherhouse in 2005 and entered the IHM Health Care Center in 2007.

Sister Lucienne is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Maurice and Paul, and her sisters Irma, Rita Allen and Sister Lucine (Jane/Jeanne) LeBlanc, IHM. Read the Remembering.