Sister Imelda Marie Eckhoff, baptized Viola Mary Eckhoff, died on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 72nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Imelda was born in Vero Beach, Florida, to Joseph and Viola (Dothage) Eckhoff. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, and received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Barry College (University) in Miami, Florida, and a master’s degree in mixed sciences from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian.
Sister spent 64 years ministering in elementary and high school education in Detroit, Michigan; Miami Beach, Jacksonville, Miami Shores, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce, Florida; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Santurce, Puerto Rico. She also served for six years as a volunteer tutor in West Palm Beach.
Sister Imelda Marie became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2018. She is predeceased by her parents and three sisters: Evelyn Hitchingham, Carole Russell, and Marilyn Elder. She is survived by a brother, Joseph Eckhoff (Donna) of Indialantic, Florida; loving nieces and nephews; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via live stream.
The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, April 3, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Congregation cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.
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Sister Imelda was a much beloved volunteer tutor at DePorres Place. Her students were so grateful to her for her patience and caring, and our DePorres staff thought she hung the moon. We miss her very much, and we're happy to have one of her drawings displayed at our Literacy Center, It is a constant reminder of her creativity and her enthusiasm for all of life.
Imelda was one of my favorite people. Her artwork graces our home in the Dominican Republic. Her generosity which was manifested in so many forms, cannot be forgotten. Her loving, interested and caring heart will speak to us through her artwork.
I am so sorry to hear of Sister Imelda's passing. She will be in my prayers.
Our Adrian Dominican cemetery with its circular headstones is a beautiful place of rest for women who gave their lives in service to God — and a peaceful place for contemplation and remembrance.
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