Sister Rosemary Hoodack, CSJ (Sister Thomas Paul)
Sister Rosemary Hoodack, CSJ, (Sister Thomas Paul), 84, died Monday, September 24, 2012, at St. Joseph's Provincial House, Latham. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 66 years.
Sister Rosemary was born on October 8, 1927, in Troy, NY, daughter of the late John and Catherine Stasack Hoodack. After graduating from Catholic Central High School, Sister Rosemary entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 19, 1946, and professed final vows on August 15, 1951. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from The College of Saint Rose and a master's degree in counseling from SUNY at Albany. For more than 25 years, Sister Rosemary taught and was a guidance counselor in schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses, as well as in Concord, CA. In 1956, she was one of the first Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to travel to Japan, where she served for 16 years as a teacher in both Tsu and Kyoto. In addition, Sister Rosemary was a kitchen supervisor and a receptionist for several years at St. Joseph's Provincial House.
Sister Rosemary was a very giving, friendly and kind person. As the youngest child and the only girl, she was the "apple of her brothers' eyes." She enjoyed listening to music, loved to travel and always had a yearning to be a missionary. Sister Rosemary treasured her time in Japan, ministering to the people of Japan. She was a faithful Sister of St. Joseph, a loyal friend and an example to all in her life and in her death.
Sister Rosemary is survived by her sister-in-law, Shirley Hoodack, of Saratoga; her nephew, Timothy Hoodack, of Troy; her niece, Cathy Hoodack, of Cropseyville; her cousin, Mary Stasack, of Troy; her dear friend, Barbara Entress of Rochester; and many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph. She was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph, Paul and the Rev. John Hoodack, SJ: and a sister-in-law, Jean Hoodack.
Sister Rosemary's funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Thursday, September 27 at 9:00 a.m. in the chapel of St. Joseph's Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in 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, NY, 12110.