Sister Rose Miriam Schillinger, CSJ
Sister Rose Miriam Schillinger, CSJ, 88, died Thursday, July 2, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 70 years.
Sister Rose Miriam, the former Joan Anne Schillinger, was born in Watervliet, NY, on April 29, 1927, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Hayes Schillinger. She graduated from Catholic Central High School, Troy. On March 19, 1945, Sister Rose entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and professed final vows on August 15, 1950. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in education, both from The College of Saint Rose.
Sister Rose served in the field of education for 64 years as teacher, principal, administrator, librarian and counselor: 24 years in schools of the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses and 40 years in Kailua and Honolulu, Hawaii. In the Albany Diocese, Sister Rose taught at St. Joseph’s School, Schenectady; St. Joseph’s School, Troy; St. Joseph’s School, Fort Edward; and St. Mary’s Institute, Amsterdam (principal); and in the Syracuse Diocese at Blessed Sacrament School, Johnson City, and St. Brigid’s School, Syracuse. In addition, Sister Rose was assistant to the administrator at St. Joseph’s Provincial House and a member of the vice-province leadership team in Hawaii.
Sister Rose Miriam was a dedicated educator: a kind, effective teacher and an affirming, respected principal. She was ever thankful for her years in Hawaii and loved the beauty of the islands, the people, the culture and the traditions. A devoted sister and aunt, a faithful friend and a treasured Sister of St. Joseph, Sister Rose embraced life and all it had to offer, and she faced her last few years of physical limitations and challenges with courage and grace. Sister Rose viewed all of life as a blessing, and she leaves us the legacy of a grateful, hope-filled heart.
Sister Rose Miriam is survived by two beloved sisters, Marion (the late Bernard) Stangler and Marjorie (the late William) Schramek, both of Florida; many nieces and nephews and their families; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, with special mention of her dear friend, Sister Margaret Leonard Perreira. In addition to her parents, Sister Rose was predeceased by one sister, Nan Inglis; three brothers, James, Joseph and Thomas Schillinger; and many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Rose Miriam's Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, July 6, 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 Rose’s name may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Rd., Latham, NY 12110.