Richard (Dick) M. Suever entered his heavenly home on December 26, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 58 years, Ann M. Suever, and sons Paul A. and Robert A. Suever. He was born on April 21, 1930 in Delphos, Ohio to Frank A. Suever and Rosemary E. Suever.
He is survived by eight children: Rick Suever (Sharon) of Huntsville, Alabama; Karen Kimmey (Bob) of Urbana, Illinois; Sue Borchgrevink (Jack) of Houston, Texas; Patty Stephens of Atlanta, Georgia; Kathy Grey (David) of Maple Grove, Minnesota; David Suever (Beverly) of Atlanta, Georgia; Peggy Flynn (Larry) of Atlanta, Georgia; and Jay Suever (Debbie) of Atlanta, Georgia. He is also survived by twenty grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dick was fully committed to two main things in his life: his family and his faith. He worked hard to provide for his growing family, often having two jobs to make ends meet. His strength of character allowed him to persevere in trying times without despair. Despite his busy schedule, he always found time for family vacations, camping adventures and trips to the beach because he passionately believed in fun. He also found time for each member of the family, quite the challenge in such a large family.
His faith also provided a firm foundation on which he built his life. He was active in the various ministries of Holy Cross Catholic Church when the parish was founded and led many of them. He was also involved in adult education. One of his most popular classes was “God, You and Your Finances” where participants were asked to bring a credit card to be cut into small pieces in the last class!
He was ordained as a Permanent Deacon and served in his parish community for twenty-five years. He and his wife, Ann, were instrumental in bringing the Stephens Ministry program to Holy Cross and directing it for ten years. After his retirement as a deacon, he introduced the Amigos for Christ Ministry to Holy Cross and supported their mission work in Nicaragua with manpower for three trips and donations of money and materials.
Dick will be greatly missed by family and friends. His concern for all led him to cancel plans for his 90th birthday party last April due to COVID-19. We are comforted in the belief that he will be welcomed into Heaven with the words “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!” (Matthew 25:21)
We would especially like to thank the staff on the fifth floor of Northside Duluth Hospital who cared for Dick during his final days as he battled COVID-19. Their compassionate care for both Dad and our family brought a sense of peace at a very trying time. Without hesitation, they accommodated every request from family to speak with him. They are true heroes in every sense of the word.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the charity of your choice. Two causes that were particularly close to his heart are: Amigos for Christ (75 Maddox Road, Suite 107, Buford, Georgia 30518; https://amigosforchrist.org/) and the IHM Sisters (IHM Retirement Fund, 610 W. Elm Avenue, Monroe, Michigan 48162; https://ihmsisters.org/ways-of-supporting/giving-opportunities/retirement-appeal/).
A memorial mass will be held Friday, September 24, 2021, at 11:00 am at Holy Cross Catholic Church.
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