“Because I was born on December 6, 1919, I always knew in an unexpressed smug little way that I had something a bit more special than anyone else in my little world: MY birthday was on St. Nicholas Day. Santa Claus himself and I had a celebration in common.”
So begins the autobiography of Sister Susanne Hofweber, the second of six children born to August and Emily (Campbell) Hofweber. Baptized as Elizabeth Jane, she was the middle child of a set of three – with August (called Jack) the oldest and sister Dorothy born a year and a half after her – that was followed by a baby brother, Jimmy, who died at birth. Later, two more children, Billy and Marian, came into the family. ...
Sister Susanne was nine years old when the Great Depression hit. Her father lost his business and eventually the family was evicted from their home. As time went on, August was able to rebuild a business and even held two patents, one for the first self-contained domestic water heater and another for a process that allowed graphite to be used as a lubricant. With other investors, he was able to build that process into a thriving oil-refining company.
Read more about Sister Susanne (pdf).
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I have very many happy memories of my first and second grades at school as I was lucky to have had Sister Susanne as my teacher at St. Mary Asssumption (Swanton), Ohio for two full years. I remember many of the Dick and Jane reading stories and all the fun we had at recess. I also remember many of our religion classes which prepared us for our First Communion on April 24, 1949. Seven years ago in 2009 we celebrated 50 years as a graduating class with a Mass and dinner and were so pleased that Sr. Susanne drove from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan to celebrate with us. She was 90 at this time. We were all so blessed to have had such a wonderful teacher in our early years.
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