Sister M. Imelda Suddes, OP, 101, of Sacred Heart Convent, died April 14 at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse in Springfield.
She was born in Springfield on March 9, 1907 to George and Ellen Tunney Suddes. After graduating in 1924 from Sacred Heart Academy she was accepted as a postulant by the Springfield Dominican Sisters in 1926 and professed her vows in 1929; she was a Loyola University graduate.
Sister M. Imelda served her religious congregation as mother general from 1947-1959. During her two terms of office, the Springfield Dominican Sisters witnessed a growth both in membership and ministries. Sister M. Imelda's term of leadership was also marked by several successful building programs including Siena Hall, Regina Coeli, Dominican Hall and the chaplain's residence on the motherhouse grounds. She was also instrumental in bringing to fruition St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson, Miss.; St. Mary Hospital, Rogers, Ark., and Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights.
In the ensuing six years her administrative responsibilities for the congregation included vicaress general, secretary general, vocation director and local prioress.
For the next 25 years, Sister M. Imelda was dean of women either at Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights, or at Rosary High School, Aurora. In her earliest years of ministering in education, Sister M. Imelda was a junior high teacher at St. John Catholic School, Carrollton, and then at St. Thomas Catholic School, Crystal Lake, where she also served as principal.
When Sister M. Imelda "retired" to the motherhouse in 1990, she assisted in the archives for four years. Finally she gave full time to her favorite hobbies: crocheting, reading, playing Scrabble or cards and watching her favorite sports: Notre Dame football and Cubs baseball.
Sister M. Imelda was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Tom, George and Msgr. James Suddes; and her sister, Sister Mary Suddes.
She is survived by three nieces, four nephews, and by her Dominican sisters with whom she lived and ministered for 82 years.
The Funeral Mass was held April 17 at Sacred Heart Convent with Rev. Peter Witchousky, OP, presiding. Burial was April 18 in Calvary Cemetery, Springfield.
Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, Springfield, was in charge of arrangements.