In Memoriam

Sister Susanne Hofweber, OP


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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Avatar  Loretta Glanz, OP 3 weeks agoReply

I have very many happy memories of my first and second grades at school as I was lucky to have had Sister Susanne as my teacher at St. Mary Asssumption (Swanton), Ohio for two full years. I remember many of the Dick and Jane reading stories and all the fun we had at recess. I also remember many of our religion classes which prepared us for our First Communion on April 24, 1949. Seven years ago in 2009 we celebrated 50 years as a graduating class with a Mass and
dinner and were so pleased that Sr. Susanne drove from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to celebrate with us. She was 90 at this time. We were all so blessed to have had such a wonderful teacher in our early years.

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