Sister Suzanne Rodriguez, an educator who also served as executive secretary and archivist of the Sisters of St. Joseph, died Friday at her convent in Clarence after a brief illness. She was 75.
Born Amelia Mollie Rodriguez in Niagara Falls, Sister
Suzanne worked for the Niagara Falls Board of Education for several years before entering the Sisters of St. Joseph on Jan. 2, 1958. She pronounced her vows Aug. 19, 1960.
She was appointed executive secretary of the Sisters of St.
Joseph in 1993, a position she held until her death. She added the responsibilities of congregational archivist in 2005.
Sister Suzanne earned a bachelor's degree in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College, in 1969. She taught primary grades at several parish schools and was principal of Our Mother of Good Counsel School in Blasdell from 1968 to 1978.
Sister Suzanne served on the faculty of Mount St. Joseph Academy from 1981 to 1992.
She is survived by five sisters, Rose Swartzentruber,
Jennifer Zimmerman, Anita Manuel, Marion Nichele and Julie Dryza; and three brothers, Joseph and Sebastian Rodriguez and Donald Palacios.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence.