Sister Rose Finnerty, CSJ
Sister Rose Finnerty, CSJ (Sister John Patrick), 77, died Monday, September 22, 2008, in Oneonta, NY. Sister Rose had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 57 years.
Sister Rose was born in Williamstown, NY, on August 17, 1931, daughter of the late Joseph Peter and Rose Murray Finnerty. She graduated from St. Aloysius Academy, Rome, NY, and entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 19, 1951. Sister Rose received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The College of Saint Rose and completed her graduate studies in education at SUNY/Oswego. For 25 years, Sister Rose taught in elementary schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses, and for 28 years, she served as a special-education teacher at PathfinderVillage, Edmeston, NY. For the past two years, Sister Rose visited patients at A.O.FoxHospital, Oneonta.
Growing up on the family farm near Rome instilled in Sister Rose a deep and abiding appreciation of nature and a reverence for God’s creation, especially shown in the blooming flowers of color and the fields of golden corn in Central New York. A dedicated, energetic and compassionate special-education teacher, Sister Rose enjoyed working with children and adults alike, and found her years at PathfinderVillage especially rewarding and fulfilling. Sister Rose’s reserved nature belied an underlying strength of character, a keen sense of humor and a fun-loving spirit.
Sister Rose is survived by two sisters: Sister Rosita Joseph Finnerty, CSJ, and Sister Theresa Marie Finnerty, CSJ, both of Latham, NY; by many cousins and friends; and by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Sister Rose’s funeral Liturgy was held on Friday, September 26, at St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Church, New Berlin, NY. Interment was Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in Our Lady Queen of VirginsCemetery on the grounds of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham.
Contributions in Sister Rose’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY12110.