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Sister Irene Kohne, CSA, (baptized Helen Kohne), 93, died peacefully May 27, 2014, at Nazareth Center in Fond du Lac, Wisc.
Helen was born July 10, 1920, in Decatur, to the late Julius and Mary (Miller) Kohne. She was one of six children; four boys and two girls.
Both she and her sister, Mary, became Sisters of St. Agnes. Sister Irene made her profession of vows in the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes on Aug. 15, 1941. Having graduated from St. Agnes School of Nursing, Sister Irene became a registered nurse in 1944. She received a B.S.N. from Marian College in 1946. She did post-graduate studies in surgical nursing at Marquette University and received an M.B.A. in Hospital Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati in 1963.
In 1962 she attended summer courses in pastoral leadership at Rockhurst College in Kansas City. She also took Corporate Ministry courses toward an M.M. at St. Louis University from 1973-1974. Sister Irene was clinical instructor and surgical and emergency room supervisor at St. Agnes Hospital from 1944-1962. She became the assistant administrator at St. Agnes Hospital in 1963, serving through 1966.
From August 1966 through May 1973, Sister Irene was the administrator of St. Anthony Hospital in Hays, Kan. From 1974-1976 she was an associate at the Center for Planned Change in St. Louis. She was also the part-time director of health care services at Cardinal Ritter Institute in St. Louis for a year. In 1977 Sister Irene became the administrator of St. Francis Home of Fond du Lac Inc., a position she held until she retired in 2003.
After her retirement, Sister Irene became a volunteer at St. Francis Home until the present. Over the years Sister Irene was a member of various health associations and served on many health care boards in the areas where she ministered. In December 1992, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh awarded Sister Irene an Honorary Doctorate of Science.
Sister Irene was preceded in death by her brothers, Leon, Carl, John and Jerome; and a sister, Sister Juliana (Mary) Kohne.
Sister Irene is survived by her nieces and a nephew; and the Sisters of St. Agnes, with whom she lived, prayed and ministered.
Zacherl Funeral Home is serving the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Agnes.
Online condolences may be made at www.zacherlfuneralhome.com.