In Memoriam


(1919-2017)

Sister Susanne Hofweber, formerly known as Elizabeth Hofweber, died on August 27, 2017 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 97 years of age and in the 80th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Susanne was born in Detroit to August and Emily (Campbell) Hofweber. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a licentiate in philosophy from Santo Domingo University in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and a master’s degree in theology from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Sister Susanne spent 43 years ministering in elementary, secondary, and adult levels of education in Rockwood, Clawson, and Saginaw, Michigan; Chicago, Illinois; Toledo and Assumption (Swanton), Ohio; Miami Shores, Florida; Santurce and San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Santo Domingo and Las Matas, Dominican Republic. 

Sister was Executive Director of the National Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education-Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for six years, and for two years was the National Program Director for St. Vincent Center of Apostolic Development, both located in Washington, D.C. She also was an administrative assistant for the Nokomis Chapter Office in Dearborn Heights for three years. 

Sister Susanne became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2012. She is survived by a sister, Marian Zeleznik, of Clare, and a brother, August J. (Jack) Hofweber, of Bloomfield Hills, both in Michigan.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Bill Hofweber; and a sister, Dorothy Gatchell. 

Welcome of Sister Susanne will be on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 pm in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

 

Vigil for Sister Susanne (Elizabeth) Hofweber:


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Funeral for Sister Susanne (Elizabeth) Hofweber:


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Top: Sister Susanne (second from left) stands with other members of the Spanish-speaking delegates to Vatican II, working on documents and the General Catechetical Directory, 1971. Bottom left: Sister Susanne receives the NCDD (National Conference of Diocesan Directors) Award during the April 1990 meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Left: Sister Susanne in Las Matas, Dominican Republic. Right: Sister Susanne’s siblings, Dorothy Gatchell and Jack Hofweber


Top right: Sister Susanne and Father Bernard Markthaler, OSFConv., at the 1989 National Conference of Diocesan Directors meeting in Tempe, Arizona. Bottom right: With Archbishop Luis Aponte, Ponce, Puerto Rico.


Members of the 1987 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: front row, from left, Sisters Ann Seraphim Schenk, Rita Noeker, Esther Sitzmann, Margaret Moran, Elizabeth Kreiner, Mary Roche, Jane Edward Schutz, and Marie Elizabeth Doherty; and back row, from left, Sisters Agnes Helen Rabe, Marie Jutte, Rita Anne Moceri, Susanne Hofweber, Merici Valgoi, Cathryn Deutsch, and Michael Mary Madden.

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(1947-2017)

Sister Kay Muzzy, known also as Sister Angela Patrice, was born in Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on August 9, 1947. She was the first of four children born to Kenneth and Angela (Quadrani) Muzzy. Kenneth George, Jr., Larry John, and Terrence Raymond were her brothers. 

Shortly after Sister Kay’s birth, the family moved to L’Anse on the Keweenaw Peninsula in Upper Michigan. At that time, her father was a pilot for American Airlines and owned a small airport on the outskirts of L’Anse, a village in northwest Michigan. Sister Kay’s mother was a registered nurse who began her career in Iron Mountain. Her parents met in the local hospital after her dad suffered injuries in a plane crash. Sister Kay wrote, “Mom was assigned as Dad’s personal nurse and there began a romance that led to marriage.” 

As a registered nurse, Sister Kay’s mother was instrumental in helping her live a normal childhood. When Sister Kay was in kindergarten, she wore a brace and one day during recess someone called her a cripple. Her mother reassured her she was not crippled. Sister Kay said, “That’s pretty much how I live my life…not crippled.” 

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make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.


Ritual of Remembering for Sister Kay (Angela Patrice) Muzzy:


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(1928-2017)

Sister Joan Sopha, born in Port Huron, Michigan, on December 12, 1928, was second youngest of eight children born to Herbert and Mary (Lynch) Sopha. She was born at home and, because she barely weighed one and a half pounds, was baptized a few weeks later. 

Sister Joan’s father was an engineer at Edison and her mother was a homemaker. The eight children attended St. Stephen Grade School staffed by the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Sisters from Monroe. She continued her education at St. Stephen High School, where she graduated in 1947. 

In her biography, Sister Joan is described as actively participating in high school basketball and tennis games. In fact, it was after a game with St. Joseph High School in Port Huron that Sister Joan first met the Adrian Dominican Sisters. What impressed her most was the Sisters’ outgoing spirit because they attended all of St. Joseph’s athletic events to support their team.

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(1929-2017)

Sister Nelda Ann Klein, known also as Sister Ellen Dolores, was born in Los Angeles, California, on September 3, 1929. She was the third of four children born to William and Nell (Smith) Klein. 

Her father was born in Pennsylvania to Lutheran parents who were second-generation German-Americans. When his mother died, the family moved to Kingman, Arizona, where he eventually met Nelda’s mother, Nell Smith. Nell’s father, Anson Smith, was one of the founders of Kingman, Arizona.

In her autobiography, Sister Nelda shared these memories of her youth.

I grew up in the small town of Kingman, surrounded by an older brother and sister, Bill Jr. and Mary Alice, and a younger brother, Anson. [In addition, I had] eleven sets of aunts and uncles and many cousins. It was a good time to grow up. We young people used to joke that we were related to half the population and knew the other half, so little supervision was necessary. Before I got home in late afternoon, my parents knew every place I had been and all I had done!

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make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.

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