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Sister Irene Lengerich, CSA, formerly, Sister Mary Theodore, died peacefully Jan. 24, 2014, at St. Francis Home in Fond du Lac, Wis.
Irene was born June 30, 1917, in Decatur, to the late Theodore and Josephine Bentz Lengerich. Irene had three brothers and seven sisters, two of whom were also Sisters of St. Agnes.
Sister Mary Theodore professed vows in the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes Aug. 15, 1936. She received a B.S. in music education, an M.A. in administration supervision and an Advanced Certificate in religious education.
Sister Irene ministered in elementary education as a music teacher for 16 years, a middle grade teacher for five years, a principal for 21 years and was an organist in parishes for 53 years. She taught in Ohio, Indiana and many schools in Wisconsin. After retiring from teaching Sister Irene volunteered at Cherry Court in Milwaukee as part of the Sisters Interacting with Seniors Program.
Preceding her in death were three brothers, Herman Lengerich, Lawrence Lengerich and Gerald Lengerich; her sisters, Marcella Kelly, Frances Lloyd, Margaret Thayer, Sister Anthony Lengerich, CSA, Sister Octavia Lengerich, CSA, Annette Meyer and Edith Conway.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of St. Agnes, with whom she lived, prayed and ministered.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. Francis Home Chapel, 33 Everett St. Fond du Lac, with Father Ken Smits, OFM Cap. presiding.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Springs Cemetery.
Visitation for Sister Irene Lengerich will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Nazareth Court and Center, 375 Gillett Street, Fond du Lac. A Prayer Service will follow at Nazareth Court.
Preferred memorials may be directed to the Sisters of St. Agnes Development Office, 320 County Road K, Fond du Lac, Wis., 54937.
The Sisters of St. Agnes are grateful to the nurses and staff of Nazareth Court and Center/St. Francis Home and in her last year, the staff of Hospice Hope, for their care of Sister Irene.
Zacherl Funeral Home is serving the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Agnes. Online condolences may be made at www.zacherlfuneralhome.com.