Sr. Janice Wheaton, CSJ

January 11, 1915 - May 1, 2016
Nazareth, MI



Monday, May 2, 2016
4:00 PM EDT
Holy Family Chapel
3427 Gull Road
Nazareth, MI 49074
(269) 381-6290

7:00 PM Vigil Service


Tuesday, May 3, 2016
10:30 AM EDT
Holy Family Chapel
3427 Gull Road
Nazareth, MI 49074
(269) 381-6290


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Sisters of St. Joseph
P.O. Box 29
Nazareth, MI 49074
(269) 381-6290


Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Life Story / Obituary


Pearl Wheaton was born in Detroit, Michigan, on January 11, 1915, the daughter of Pearl and Elizabeth (Bock) Wheaton. Pearl was a member of St. Bernard Parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on January 6, 1933. She received the name Sister Janice at her reception on August 25, 1933. She pronounced first vows on August 26, 1935, and final vows on August 26, 1938.

Sister Janice earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Nazareth College and a Master of Arts degree in Education (Guidance and Counseling) from the University of Notre Dame. She taught for twenty-nine years in several schools of the Congregation including: St. Philip Neri, St. Rita, St. David in Detroit and St. John Vianney in Flint. She served as school counselor at several schools in Florida, Kalamazoo and Flint. In 1969 she became the Director of Career Planning and Placement at St. Mary College, Notre Dame. Five years later, Sister Janice worked as an advocate in the Marriage Tribunal Offices in the Dioceses of Lansing and Marquette until she moved to Nazareth in 1985. For the next seventeen years, she was secretary/receptionist in the SSJ Administrative and Worship Offices. In 2002 she retired and devoted her time to assisting others whenever and wherever she was needed.

Sister Janice was a woman of deep faith and trust in God. A positive outlook on life and a spirit of joy were attributes which she possessed and these were personal gifts which she passed on to all who were touched by her life and ministry. Sister Janice had a warm, pleasant personality which was expressed in her genuine love and concern for others. Her greatest desire in life was to “plant a little love and warmth --- for God is Love” and she succeeded in spreading this love as she reached out to the dear neighbor. Sister Janice was deeply grateful to her SSJ Congregation, family, relatives and friends for their love and support throughout the years. May she now enjoy everlasting joy and peace in the loving embrace of God.