Marie Eileen (Yvonne) Denomme, IHM

Denomme_EileenSister Eileen Denomme, IHM, 89, died Monday, Feb. 19, at her home, the IHM Senior Living Community, in Monroe.

She was born to the family of Omer and Marie (Gagnier) Denomme. One of three daughters and two sons, she was born Aug. 2, 1928 in Detroit, and was baptized Marie Eileen. Her education began at St. Matthew Elementary School then to Dominican High School (Detroit), where she graduated in 1946. That summer, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, and received the religious name Sister Yvonne.

Sister Eileen entered studies at Marygrove College and earned a bachelor’s degree, which focused on English, education and special education. Her early teaching ministry was at the elementary level at St. Joseph, Dexter, Mich.; St. Felicitas, Chicago; St. Michael, Monroe; and St. Gregory, Detroit. For 10 years she served in the reading clinic of Marygrove College while pursuing her own studies for a master’s degree in education at Wayne State University.

Upon completing studies for a doctorate of education from Wayne State in 1967, she continued at the reading clinic and also chaired the Department of Psychology at Marygrove. Within the next five years, Sister Eileen, a licensed psychologist, ministered as dean, in administration and as a reading consultant. In 1975, she accepted a position with the Portage Public Schools and made her home in Portage, Lawton and Mattawan, Mich. Over some 20 years, Sister Eileen was a gifted clinician, coordinator and supervisor for special education classrooms and assistant director of special education. She continued her private practice in child psychology and psychotherapy. During these years she resided at Shadestone Farm, where she greatly enjoyed being a part of the community and continued to offer her ministry service from there. She retired to the IHM Motherhouse in Monroe in 2011. As her health declined, she moved to the Health Care Center.

Sister Eileen is survived by her sisters, Bernadette Costello and Yvonne Isola, nieces and nephews and sisters in community. Her brothers, Lawrence and Robert, preceded her in death.

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