Sister Ann Rose, CSJ (Sister Peter Marie), 77, died March 1, 2016, at the Hospice Inn, St. Peter’s Hospital. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 59 years.
Sister Ann was born on April 15, 1938 in Syracuse, daughter of the late Peter and Mary Tomasczweski Rose. After graduating from St. John the Baptist Academy, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy, N.Y., on March 9, 1957, and professed final vows on Aug. 6, 1964. Sister Ann received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in education, both from The College of Saint Rose. For 21 years, she was a teacher and administrator in schools of the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. In addition, Sister Ann served as a pastoral minister in parishes in both dioceses, including nearly ten years at Blessed Sacrament Church in Albany. She also spent ten years as a chaplain for Community Hospice, Albany, and later volunteered in various capacities at St. Joseph’s Provincial House and Shaker Pointe at Carondelet.
Sister Ann was a humble, kind woman, described by a friend as “gentle, earnest and utterly without guile.” Her compassion and joy, combined with her ability to listen and offer support, enabled Sister Ann to be an effective teacher, a respected administrator and an encouraging parish minister and hospice chaplain. A sports enthusiast, she enjoyed dividing her loyalty between Yankee baseball and Siena basketball. Sister Ann was a devoted family member, steadfast friend and a dedicated Sister of St. Joseph, and she will be remembered with love and gratitude.
Sister Ann is survived by her beloved family: her sister, Amelia (Amy) Nicoletti, of Clay; her sister-in-law, Thelma Rose; her nieces and nephews and their families: Frank (Sue) Rose, Michael (Kathleen) Rose, Sue (Rich) Cummings, Mary Rose, Joseph (Laurie) Nicoletti, Gina Nicoletti, Alaina Nicoletti, Angela (Chris) Cox and Peter (Amy) Nicoletti; many cousins and friends; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, with special mention of her cherished friend, Sister Geraldine Kennah. In addition to her parents, Sister Ann was predeceased by her brother, Frank Rose; and her brother-in-law, Joseph Nicoletti, Sr.
Sister Ann’s Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, March 4 in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham.
Contributions in Sister Ann’s name may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Rd., Latham, N.Y. 12110.