Sister Rosemary Reilly, CSJ, (Sister Edwin Marie), 84, died May 23 at Albany Medical Center. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 54 years.
Sister Rosemary was born on May 31, 1930, in Utica, daughter of the late Thomas and Agnes Lamphear Reilly. After graduating from Our Lady of Lourdes Grammar School and Utica Catholic Academy, Sister Rosemary worked for 12 years at the Utica Observer-Dispatch. On March 20, 1961, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and professed final vows on August 6, 1968. For 16 years, Sister Rosemary served as school secretary in schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. For nearly 40 years, Sister Rosemary served in various in-service positions at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, including administrative assistant for the infirmary floors, a position she retired from only a month ago.
Sister Rosemary was a woman of prayer and a devoted sister, aunt and friend. She enjoyed gardening and was an accomplished photographer. She leaves a legacy of unselfish love and sincere kindness to all.
Sister Rosemary is survived by her beloved sisters, Marie Lloyd of Utica, and Lenora (Ralph) Clark of Concord, NC; by her nieces and nephews: Jeff (Mary) Lloyd, Tom (Terry) Lloyd, David (Sue) Lloyd, Kathleen Lloyd, Gail (Michael) Davis, Kenneth (Judy) Clark, Don Clark, Robert Clark and Judy (William) Sullivan; and by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, with special mention of her treasured friend, Sister Jean Hart. In addition to her parents, Sister Rosemary was predeceased by her brothers, Edwin and Raymond Reilly; by her brother-in-law, Douglas Lloyd; by her sister-in-law, Zelie Reilly; by her infant niece, Pam Lloyd; by her grandnephew, John Lloyd; and by many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph, including her dear friends, Sister Ann Bernadine Sherlock and Sister Margaret Fogarty.
Sister Rosemary’s funeral was held on May 28 at the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham. Interment was held at Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds. Contributions in Sister Rosemary’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110.