Distinguished Alumna

2020 Mercy High School Distinguished Alumna

**We will honor our 2020 Distinguished Alumna at a future date.**

Anne Wynsberge Nemes ‘68

Mercy High School is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Alumna Award, Anne Wynsberge Nemes ’68. 

After graduating from Mercy High School in 1968, Anne attended Mercy College where she received her Nursing degree. She worked the majority of her 30+ year career as a Registered Nurse in Oncology/Hematology at Henry Ford Hospital. She then applied and was accepted at the University of Michigan Nurse Practitioner Master Program and graduated at the age of 52 years old.

Anne overwhelmingly exhibits service to others and was most trusted by her co-workers and patients. While working in the Oncology/Hematology units, she provided knowledge, worked with such compassion and was loved by all for her heart-felt care and treatment of others. Anne rejoiced with patients when the cancer treatments succeeded and comforted those who were at the end of their life’s journey with hugs and tears. 

She is also a cancer survivor herself. Anne battled breast cancer and received radiation treatments every single day for months before beginning her work day as a nurse. This provided her first-hand knowledge of the fight necessary to take on the disease and allowed her to personally relate to her patients as well as console and provide support.

In 2002, Anne gave of her very own bone marrow to save a life. Though this grueling selfless act, emerged a new friendship with the young bone marrow recipient. To this very day, Anne receives a card on the anniversary of the procedure from the boy’s mother thanking her for saving her son.

Retiring from Henry Ford Hospital in 2014 did not stop Anne from working. Since her retirement, she has donated her time and expertise to the Boyne Area Free Clinic in Boyne City, MI. Anne and a retired local doctor provide treatment to those in the community in need of care free of charge. Even though the clinic offers free services, she still has to maintain her nurse practitioner license, drug prescription license with the DEA and the various Continuing Education Classes necessary to be licensed annually in order to practice.

Anne and the clinic staff advocate for their patients and the lifeline to many for the care necessary to survive during financially difficult times. She coordinates and encourages treatment for her patient base with other care providers in the area, including hospitals and physicians which are better equipped to provide specific services and diagnostic procedures. They go above and beyond to provide counsel to young people with addiction issues, young mothers who sacrifice and delay their own well-being for their children, the working poor who cannot afford the large deducible of their insurance policies, adults with health issues ignored for years because of financial concerns, and many others.

Anne will soon celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary to her husband, Dan. They have raised 4 children: Sean, Nadine ‘92, Brian, and David who each have achieved advanced degrees. They also have six grandchildren. The Mercy legacy continues to run strong as her granddaughter, Mattie Langley, is currently a Freshwoman at Mercy High School.

Anne Nemes ’68 is a friend and nurse to all who truly exemplifies each of the Mercy values through her everyday life, professional work and ongoing service to her community.

In response to the nomination Anne states, “What I have done over the years I could never have done on my own and my husband, kids, and those who I have worked with deserve to share in the glory.”


Distinguished Alumna Recipients