SISTER ROSE MARIE PRZYBYLOWICZ, OSF
October 6, 1939 — September 9, 2022
A dear friend whom Sister Rose Marie accompanied through death often prayed “God, when you are ready call me; when you call me, let me be ready.” This prayer became her prayer the last two weeks of her life.
God called Sister Rose Marie sooner than she anticipated. Her plans for retirement and moving back to St. Louis and celebrating her 60th Jubilee were all in place. She was ready to enjoy tending her flowers and being with her Sisters in Community. Then, the Lord called. Though surprised by Sister Death approaching so soon, she was ready and like St. Francis said, “I’ve done what was mine to do.”
Indeed she did. Sister Rose Marie, who was from Dayton, Ohio, and so proud of her Polish heritage, was a Math teacher par excellence. Her sharp analytical mind, her exceptional organizational skills, her attention to details, and her deep sense of commitment, were readily recognized and soon led to other major responsibilities. She served seven years in key positions at St. Francis Rehabilitation Hospital in Green Springs, Ohio; 14 years as Treasurer General of the congregation; and 16 years as Administrative Assistant with the Glenmary Home Missioners. She also served as consultant for national organizations like the National Association of Treasurers of Religious Institutes. She was key in creating CACE, Corporate Action for Care of the Elderly, in St. Louis which was the beginning of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services.
Above all, Sister Rose Marie loved being a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. She served on many committees and loved to bake for her Sisters. Her well worn Bible with an embossed leather cover of Assisi, was filled with post it note messages from retreats and spiritual directors. The messages reveal her deep desire to accept and surrender to God’s profound love.
Thank you Sister Rose Marie, for being God’s handiwork and surrendering to His love.
Sister Rose Marie’s life will be celebrated with a Mass of Resurrection on Friday, September 23. This Mass will immediately follow visitation which will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the Lally Room at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 7609 Watson Road in St Louis. Sister will be laid to rest among her dear Franciscan Sisters during a private burial service at Resurrection Cemetery in Shrewsbury, MO.
Memorials to Sister Rose Marie will be accepted by the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help through this website, www.fsolph.org/donate; by telephone (leave a voicemail at 314-965-3700, ext 111); via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or through the mail addressed to FSOLPH Tau Center, 335 S Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122-6117.