Age 94

An art historian, talented artist and dedicated teacher, Sister Michaeline often a woman of few words never forgot her Polish heritage.

Born in Posen, Michigan, she moved to Detroit at the age of 20 to find employment and decided to enter the Sisters of Mercy. For nine years, Sister Michaeline taught in elementary schools throughout Michigan and at secondary schools including Mt. Mercy Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Detroit. Later she became an assistant professor in art and art history at Salve Regina College in Providence, Rhode Island.

She earned a bachelors degree in English from Mercy College in Detroit, Michigan and a masters degree in art from Notre Dame University. After studying theology at St. John’s Seminary and The New School of Women’s Spirituality, she moved into pastoral ministry in Childress, Texas, and taught religious studies at Our Lady of Guam in Guam. After returning to Michigan, she became the archivist for the former Detroit Province.

She also volunteered teaching English as a second language in metropolitan Detroit before retiring to McAuley Center in Farmington Hills. Artistry surrounded her whether in her painting, pottery, her artistic assessment of McAuley Center or in using herself as a canvas for geometric-patterned blouses, a color-block sweater or a tasteful scarf.