Sr. Mary Idalia Konopka, CSSF

Sr. Mary Idalia Konopka, CSSF, of Wyandotte, completed her life’s journey of 103 years on May 27 in St. Joseph Convent, Livonia. Sister was 85 years in religious life.

The former Genevieve Konopka was born April 16, 1915, the sixth of 11 children of Theophilus and Katherine (Yonkin). In 1930, she entered the Seminary of the Felician Sisters and graduated in 1932. On June 14, 1932, she was admitted to the postulancy of the Felician Sisters. First profession of vows was in 1935 and final profession in 1941.

Sr. Konopka earned her degree from Madonna College (University) supplemented with business classes from the University of Detroit, Loyola University and The Business Institute in Detroit. For 39 years, she taught upper grades at many Felician Schools in Michigan and Indiana, including St. Andrew, Assumption, St. Casimir, Sacred Heart, St. John Cantius, St. Christine, St. Valentine, St. Florian, Our Lady Queen of Apostles, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Our Lady of Refuge in the Archdiocese of Detroit; St. Hyacinth and Holy Rosary in the Diocese of Saginaw; and St. Mary, Alpena, in the Diocese of Gaylord.

Fr. Ronald Kurzawa celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial on June 1 in the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel of the Felician Sisters’ Central Convent in Livonia. Burial is in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield.