Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sister Rose went peacefully to God at St. Clare Home, Newport, Rhode Island, on February 21, 2012. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 26, 1920, Sister Rose entered religious life on October 3, 1953 and made her first vows on August 22, 1956. Sister Rose spent the first 30 years of her religious life in Newport. Rose taught Music, Piano, Singing and History, seven of those teaching years spent at Cluny School. She also shared her musical talents at St. Augustin Parish, Newport and visited the sick and elderly at Village House. In 1986, Sister Rose was missioned to Hamilton, Ontario where for 17 years she continued her ministry to the sick and elderly at Versa Care Centre. Rose was a member of the Canadian Society for the Blind and a long time supporter of the Xavier Society for the Blind. Sister Rose spent the last seven years of her life at St. Clare Home, Newport. Rose is predeceased by her parents, William and Anna Roffelsen, and her five brothers and one sister. She is survived by many nephews, nieces, grandnephews and nieces, great-grandnephews and nieces, and cousins. She will be missed by her family, friends, and all the Cluny Sisters around the world. Special thanks to all the staff of St. Clare Home for their loving care of Sister Rose.

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