Suzanne (James Ann) Molloy, IHM

Molloy_SuzanneSister Suzanne Molloy, IHM, 92, died Friday, Feb. 23, at her home, the IHM Senior Living Community in Monroe, Mich.

Born on Sept. 21, 1925 to James and Frances (Dywer) Molloy of Detroit, Sister Suzanne was baptized at St. Gregory, Detroit. Along with her sister and brother, she attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary and High Schools in Detroit. Two years after graduation, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, and received the religious name, Sister James Ann.  Her brother and sister both entered religious life as a diocesan priest and an IHM Sister, respectively, in addition to extended family vocations.

After earning her bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College, Sister Suzanne began her teaching career at Holy Trinity and at St. Cecilia, Detroit; St. Mary, Akron, Ohio; Holy Name, Birmingham, Mich., and at St. John, Monroe. She completed studies to earn a master of education degree from the University of Detroit. Sister Suzanne advanced to the position of principal, serving for a number of years at St. Cyprian, Riverview, Mich., and at Nativity School, Hollywood, Fla.

As a native of Detroit, she held a great devotion to Capuchin Franciscan Father Solanus Casey. The relationship was family-like, as he was brother of her Uncle Leo Casey, who was married to her Aunt Mary (Molloy) Casey. Her Uncle Denis Molloy was married to Fr. Solanus’ niece.

In 1982, Sister Suzanne began a sabbatical year at the IHM summer residence in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada. Returning to Monroe, she served in a variety of capacities: directing the Pagani Retreat Center, as a secretary at Norman Towers and teaching at St. Patrick, Carleton. She also served her community for more than 10 years as switchboard operator, driver and assistant sacristan; as support staff in the St. Mary Conference Center; and volunteering wherever needed. At age 80, she retired. In 2008, she moved to the Health Care Center.

Sister Suzanne was preceded in death by her sister, Agnes May (former IHM Sister Marie Basil), and her brother, Rev. James Molloy. She is survived by her sisters in community.

Read her Remembering here.