Mary Lou Theisen, IHM
Sister Mary Lou was one of 13 children born to Edward and Agnes (Kreucher) Theisen. She attended St. Boniface and St. Cecilia Elementary Schools and graduated from St. Cecilia High School. Mary Lou entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1947, and received the religious name, Sister Agnes Patrice.
As an undergraduate, she attended Catholic University of Puerto Rico and earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College. Sister Mary Lou studied at Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, and earned a master of arts degree in French.
She began her teaching career with the elementary grades at St. Mary, Marshall, Mich., and San Joaquin, Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. She taught high school French and Latin for 10 years at Immaculata and St. Catherine, Detroit; St. Mary, Lorain, Ohio; and Immaculate Heart of Mary in Westchester, Ill.
In 1970, Sister Mary Lou began retreat work and spiritual direction that spanned 20 years at Visitation House of Prayer, Monroe. She served her community as a Northwest Provincial Team member and as assistant to the provincial. She ministered as a nurse’s aide at the Monroe Care Center and as house manager for mentally and physically disabled adults with H.O.M.E. Inc. in Monroe and Temperance.
Sister Mary Lou also held counseling positions at Misericordia Home (Chicago) and Hill Manor (Hermando, Miss.). Returning to work at Visitation before becoming assistant coordinator at Crawfton, a community retreat facility in Kingsville, Ont., over 10 years, she provided prayer and hospitality for those seeking respite at Crawfton. Sister Mary Lou retired to the Motherhouse in 2008 and volunteered prayer and presence ministry to the residents.
She is survived by her sisters, Elizabeth Theisen, Rita McNulty and Leona Tobias; brother, Edward; nieces and nephews; friends; and sisters in community. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Eugene, Donald, Gerald, Leo, Harold, Vincent and Robert,and sister, Patricia. Read the Remembering.