Sally (Josanne) Lannen, IHM

Lannen_SallySister Sally was born on Feb. 13, 1922, in Detroit to Joseph and Irene (Kralek) Lannen.  She graduated from St. Mary of Redford Grade and High Schools and entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1941 and received the religious name, Sister Josanne. This year she was to observe her 75th Jubilee as an IHM Sister.

Sister Sally earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree from Marquette University, Milwaukee. Her early teaching ministry focused on the junior and high school grade levels in a variety of subjects at St. Felicitas, Chicago; St. Michael, Flint, Mich.; Holy Redeemer, Detroit and St. Patrick, Wyandotte, Mich. She spent several years in Puerto Rico, teaching at La Merced and Santa Teresita and also at Stella Maris International School in Kobe, Japan. Returning to the United States, she served at Lumen Christi High School, Jackson, Mich.; and also at Immaculate Heart of Mary High School and St. Felicitas in Illinois. Her continued studies in Michigan took her to Wayne State University, the University of Michigan, University of Detroit and St. John Seminary. She also studied in Chicago at De Paul University and the University of Scranton and Westminster College, both in Pennsylvania.

In 1993 Sister Sally returned to Michigan and ministered in several positions at Lumen Christi High School in Jackson. She enjoyed her retirement and volunteer years spent in the Jackson community. Declining health brought her home to the IHM Motherhouse and Health Care Center in 2010.

Sister Sally was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Robert; and her sisters, Aileen Mueller and Kathleen Barlum. She is survived by her sisters, Patricia (Mrs. Edward Harmon) and Jean (Mrs. David Wholihan); and nieces and nephews. Read her Remembering here.