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Sister Suzanne Noffke O.P.

March 3, 1937 - April 14, 2020
Racine, WI



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Racine Dominican Mission Fund
5635 Erie Street
Racine, WI 53402

Life Story / Obituary


Sister Suzanne Noffke, O.P., 83 passed away at Siena Center, Racine, WI on Tuesday April 14, 2020.

Ione Wilhelmina was born March 3, 1937 to Harry and Minnie (nee: Kemps) Noffke in Appleton, WI. In September 1954 she joined the Racine Dominicans and at her reception in 1955 she was given the religious name Sister Suzanne. She professed her first vows in 1957 and her final vows in 1963.

Sister Suzanne spent many years in service to others in teaching, writing, lecturing, translating and Community Leadership. She began her ministry in 1958 at Sacred Heart, Racine, WI. Other places in Wisconsin where she served were Dominican College and Siena Center, Racine and Holy Redeemer College, Waterford. She also served in Michigan. From 1970 to 1976 she was the President of the Racine Dominicans. She was well known for her work on St. Catherine of Siena. She authored many books and for many years was the Community Historian. In 2012 she became the Siena on the Lake Coordinator. She moved to Siena Center in 2019.

Sister Suzanne is survived by the Racine Dominican Sisters, Associates and numerous friends world-wide; her brothers Larry (Joanne), Tom (Lidia) and Steve (Jean) Noffke; brother-in-law Richard Edge; sister-in-law Judy Noffke; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her brother Jim and her sisters Phyllis Edge and Doris Carlson.

A Memorial Service for Sister Suzanne will be held at a later date. Memorials to the Racine Dominican Mission Fund have been suggested.

The Racine Dominicans would like to extend their thanks to Hospice Alliance and the staff of Siena Center Supportive Living who cared for Sister Suzanne.