Sister Imelda Marie Dibble died peacefully at the Dominican Motherhouse in Mission San Jose in Fremont Feb.16 after a very brief illness. She was 83.
Sister Imelda Marie was born to Helen and Clyde Dibble on May 7, 1932, in San Francisco. Due to her father’s employment, her family traveled and so her early education was at several schools, among them St. James Girl’s School in San Francisco Mission District and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in Flintridge-LaCanada.
She entered the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose on Sept. 8, 1949, and made her first Profession of Vows on Dec. 8, 1951. Her teaching ministry began at St. James Girls’ School in San Francisco, and spanned 33 years during which she taught or was principal at both elementary secondary levels, serving in the Archdioceses of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Mexico City and the Diocese of Oakland. From 1986 until her retirement in 2011, Sister Imelda Marie ministered as corporation treasurer, congregational councilor and director of studies for the congregation.