|Birth: ||Dec. 31, 1908|
|Death: ||Dec. 23, 2011|
From: Rupp Funeral Home, Inc.
Name:Sr. Elizabeth Zeestraten, IHM
Date of Death: Dec 23, 2011
Location of Service:Rupp Funeral Home, Inc. - Monroe
Sister Elizabeth Zeestraten, IHM, died on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at the IHM Health Care Center in Monroe, Mich. She would have turned 103 on Dec. 31.
Sister Elizabeth was one of 12 children, seven boys and five girls, of Cornelius and Cornelia (Stassan) Zeestraten. She was born Dec. 31, 1908, in Strausburg, N.D., and given the name Elizabeth. Sister Elizabeth attended the elementary school in Hollandville, Mont., and Precious Blood in Glidden, Wis. She graduated from high school at St. Mary Academy. She became a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe, in 1932 taking the religious name of Sister Alexia.
Sister Elizabeth taught at St. Michael, Flint; Our Lady of Help and All Saints, Detroit. In 1938 she began her ministry to the IHM community in domestic services. Sister Elizabeth worked in the diet kitchen at the Motherhouse for 12 years, followed by a year in the kitchen at the Hall of the Divine Child in Monroe. From 1951 to 1965 she directed operations at the community laundry in the powerhouse on the Monroe campus. Sister Elizabeth cooked at the convent in Christ the King Parish, Detroit, for the next 13 years. She returned to the Motherhouse in Monroe in 1978 and subsequently was buyer for the kitchen until 1983 and also worked in the Creativity Shoppe from 1978-1989, when she formally retired. She entered the Health Care Center in 2000 where she resided until her death.
Sister Elizabeth is survived by nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the IHM Motherhouse, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, on Tuesday, Dec. 27, from 2 until 7:30 p.m., with a Remembering at 3 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Marc Gawronski, as presider. 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.
Location of Services:Rupp Funeral Home, Inc.
Street: 2345 South Custer Road
Saint Mary Cemetery (new)
Created by: Kurt Johnson
Record added: Dec 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82343349