Sister Suzanne (Mary Albert) Fleming, IHM

FLEMING-SUZANNE-312Sister Suzanne Fleming, IHM, 89, died Saturday, Aug. 27, in the IHM Health Care Center, Monroe.

Born in Detroit on Feb. 4, 1927, Suzanne Marie Fleming was one of two daughters of Albert and Rose (Smiley) Fleming. She was baptized at St. Brigid Church, Detroit, and attended elementary school at St. Brigid and St. Mary of Redford; she graduated from St. Mary of Redford. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe in 1945 and received the religious name, Sister Mary Albert.

In 1948, Sister Suzanne began a career in education that would span more than 45 years. She taught and ministered in administration at Annunciation and Gesu, Detroit; St. John and St. Mary Academy, Monroe; St. Thomas, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Marygrove College, Detroit; Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich.; Western Illinois University, Macomb, Ill.; University of Wisconsin, Eau Clair, Wis.; and University of Michigan (U of M), Ann Arbor. For another 20 years, Sister Suzanne resided in Ann Arbor, continuing her ministry as a visiting scholar and researcher at U of M.

Sister Suzanne earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College in 1957 and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1960 and 1963 respectively. She co-authored and published several publications in chemistry studies and research, and assisted in editing Building Sisterhood: A Feminist History of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Retiring to the IHM Motherhouse in 2013, Sister Suzanne entered the Health Care Center in 2015, where she resided until her death.

Sister Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Patricia Donaldson. She is survived by several nephews and a niece; 11 grand-nephews and nieces; and 10 great grand-nephews and nieces.

Read her Remembering.