Lichon SFCC, Martha M., Saginaw, Michigan

Martha M. Lichon, Sister for Christian Community, passed through death to eternal life in God on Friday, February 24, 2012. She died at Cartwright Care Center after a lengthy illness. She was born to the late Joseph and Mary (Milczewski) Lichon on March 10, 1914. After receiving a Master's Degree in Social Work from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and theological training from Regina Mundi Institute in Rome, Italy, as a Franciscan Sister of the Poor Sister Martha ministered in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as a social worker; at Detroit General Hospital as a medical social worker and consultant on psychosocial issues to Wayne State University kidney transplant medical team; and as director of Social Services at Sr. Elizabeth Hospital in Covington, Kentucky. After training in Personnel Management at St. Louis University, she served as a personnel consultant and provincial administrator for the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. In 1972 she transferred to the newly founded collegial community of the Sisters for Christian Community and served as director of Adult Mental Health Services in St. Clair County. In 1977 she began her service in the Saginaw Diocese as special education social worker at Carrollton Schools, then as pastoral minister at Our Lady Help of Christians and SS. Peter and Paul in Saginaw. She assisted in marriage preparation of couples at several parishes in the Saginaw Diocese. For several years she also ministered as a hospice chaplain through VNA Hospice of Saginaw. Sister Martha was a member of several organizations whose goals are to help those in need. She truly lived her life as a servant of God, always giving of herself to help others. Sister Martha was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Mary Lichon; five brothers, Francis, Leo, John, Stanley, and Walter Lichon and two sisters, Jennie Cierzniewski and Helen Robinette. She is survived by her loving sister, Marian Wolinski, and a brother, Edward (Marge) Lichon, many nieces and nephews and world-wide Sisters for Christian Community, especially Sister Lois Sheaffer, Saginaw; and Sister Rosella Bugala, Midland. A special thank you to the staff of Cartwright Center for their loving care. Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road. Fr. David Parsch will officiate followed by burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call at the W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Road, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday where they may meet with family at 7:00 p.m. for a vigil service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Spirit Catholic Church, the City Rescue Mission or the Cartwright Center.