Sister Rose Eileen Kelly, CSJ
Sister Rose Eileen Kelly, CSJ, 88, died Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at St. Mary's Hospital, Troy. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 69 years.
Sister Rose Eileen, the former Eileen Therese Kelly, was born on February 27, 1926, in Oswego, NY, the youngest child of John and Rose Donovan Kelly. After graduating from Oswego High School, Sister Rose entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy, NY, on March 19, 1945, and professed final vows on August 15, 1950. She received a bachelor's degree in English and master's degree in education, both from The College of Saint Rose. Sister Rose taught for 37 years in schools in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses and ten years in the Utica City Public School District. In addition, she served in the CSJ House of Prayer in Walton, NY. After her retirement, Sister Rose volunteered at Notre Dame High School, Utica, and in various in-service positions at St. Joseph's Provincial House, Latham. At the time of her death, Sister Rose was a volunteer in the Development Office at the Provincial House.
Sister Rose Eileen was a woman of purpose and dedication, a hard-working and determined woman who gave herself wholeheartedly to whatever task she undertook. An excellent educator, focusing especially on English, reading and language arts, she challenged her students to do their best. Proud of her Irish heritage, Sister Rose thoroughly enjoyed St. Patrick's Day, Irish music and celebrations with her family and friends that called for several games of Rummikub. An avid Yankee fan, she especially enjoyed following her favorite player, Derek Jeter. Sister Rose was a talented cook and baker who delighted family and friends with her delicious treats, especially fudge and lasagna. As she aged, Sister Rose experienced profound deafness, underwent a cochlear implant and overcame significant obstacles with tenacity and persistence. A loving sister, aunt and friend, Sister Rose leaves a wonderful legacy of faith, commitment and courage.
Sister Rose Eileen is survived by her sister-in-law, Corinne Kelly of Maryland; many nieces and nephews and their families, with special mention of her beloved niece, Christine Kelly of Utica; numerous friends, including her dear friend, Patricia Sterling of Utica; and her religious community, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, Sister Rose was predeceased by four brothers: Robert, Bernard, John and Joseph Kelly; two sisters: Ruth Wickwire and Mary Ellen Prior; and many cherished friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Rose Eileen's funeral Liturgy was held on Monday, August 25, 2014, from 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 Rose's memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.