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Sister Therese Michael Dudek
January 31, 1931 - August 14, 2017

Sister Therese Michael Dudek, IHM, 86, died Aug. 14 in the IHM Senior Living Health Care Center, Monroe.

Sister Therese Michael was one of 13 children, five boys and eight girls, of Michael and Anna (Satawa) Dudek and was born Jan. 31, 1931, in Carleton, Mich. She was baptized Constance Marion. Constance attended St. Patrick Elementary School in Carleton and graduated from St. Mary Academy, Monroe.

Constance entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe in 1948 and received the religious name Therese Michael. Continuing her education, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College, Detroit, and a master’s degree from the University of Detroit.

Sister Therese Michael taught in formal education for 45 years in the Michigan schools of St. Boniface, Holy Trinity, St. Matthew and Holy Redeemer in Detroit; St. Patrick, Carleton; St. Mary Academy, Monroe; Marian High School, Bloomfield Hills; St. Florian High School, Hamtramck; and St. Charles, Newport. She also taught in Illinois at St. Felicitas, Chicago, and Immaculate Heart of Mary High School, Westchester. With a particular interest in the underprivileged, during the 1990s Sister Therese Michael ministered with the frail elderly and handicapped through the Kundig Center in Detroit.

In 2006, Sister Therese Michael retired to the IHM Motherhouse where she lived until the time of her death.

Sister Therese Michael is survived by her brothers, Joseph and Francis, her sisters Rita Swiontoniowski, Loretta VanStone and Anna Mae Brittain, many nieces and nephews and her sisters in community. She was preceded death by her brothers, Aloysius, Michael and Eugene, and her sisters, Veronica, Caroline, Salamae and Teresa.

Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 18, beginning at 9 a.m. at the IHM Motherhouse, with the Remembering and Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery on the Motherhouse campus. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rupp Funeral Home, Monroe. Memorials may be made to the IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Ave., Monroe MI 48162-7909.

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