Sister Margaret Ann (Jean Francis) Henige, IHM


Sister Margaret Ann Henige, IHM, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 7, in the IHM Health Care Center, Monroe.

Sister Margaret Ann was born March 29, 1928, to Frederick and Margaret (Schrems) Henige of Detroit. She was named after her mother and baptized at St. Alphonsus, Dearborn. The family attended Sacred Heart, Dearborn, and the children attended Sacred Heart grade and high schools. One month after high school graduation, Margaret Ann entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Monroe) and received the religious name Sister Jean Francis.

Sister Margaret Ann was a popular elementary school teacher at Holy Redeemer and Gesu, Detroit; Our Lady of Lourdes, River Rouge; St. Phillip, Battle Creek; Holy Name, Birmingham; St. Cyprian, Riverview; and St. Rene, Chicago. During these early years, she earned a bachelor’s degree at Marygrove College and a Master of Education degree from Wayne State University, Detroit. She served as teacher, directress and principal for 10 years at Hall of the Divine Child, a boy’s boarding school in Monroe. Always a favorite, she enjoyed many reunions and re-connecting with former students in later years.

Sister Margaret Ann served the IHM community as secretary for the Central Administration (leadership) in the 1980s and as the congregation’s General Secretary from 2000 to 2011.

After a year of renewal at Sangre de Cristo Center in New Mexico, she returned to Michigan and managed the parish office at St. Frances Cabrini, Allen Park. She moved to Norman Towers, Monroe, in 2003 and to the Motherhouse in 2011 before retiring in 2013.

Sister Margaret Ann pursued many interests with enthusiasm: St. Mary Organic Farm (a community garden) and advisory council; IHM Peacemakers and social justice advocacy; and the IHM Haiti Committee. She was a loyal friend and diligent in her care for others.

Sister Margaret Ann is survived by nieces and nephews and her sisters in community. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Frederick and John, and sister Dorothy (Sister Ann Frederick), IHM.

Read her Remembering.