Sister Rose's Story
Sister Rose Marita Riordan died at 1:45 a.m. March 19, 2017, in Lourdes Hall, St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was born in Chicago, on May 2, 1921, to Patrick V. Riordan and Kathryn Ryan Riordan, and was baptized Margaret Mary.
Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Jan. 5, 1939, and professed Final Vows Aug. 15, 1947. She earned a bachelor's degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master's degree from Indiana State University. In her 78 years as a Sister of Providence, Sister ministered in education for 49 years in schools in Indiana, California, Washington, D.C., New Hampshire and North Carolina. She served as principal for 15 of those years. In the early 70s, she took a leave from teaching to serve for five years in administration at the Motherhouse Health Care. In 1991 she again moved to the Motherhouse and volunteered at the Woods Day Care/Pre-School for 15 years, present each day at 6:30 a.m.
Deemed by her sisters as "the Energizer bunny," she was active until just a few weeks before her death, giving service in a variety of areas, including receptionist at Providence Spirituality and Conference Center. In the last month of her life, she was still baking bread which was sold at Linden Leaf Gifts. All her service was rendered with a calm demeanor, a generous heart and a loving concern for the needs of others.
Sister is survived by a brother, Bill Riordan of LaGrange Park, Ill.; and two sisters, Eileen Quinn of Walpole, Mass., and Alice Jenkinson of Cary, Ill.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Rosaleen Gibbons and Bernadette Vicha; and two brothers, John and James Riordan.
The wake is on Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, with the wake service at 4:30 p.m. The mass of Christian burial is Friday, March 24, 2017, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Daniel R. Hopcus presiding. Burial is in the cemetery of the Sisters of Providence. DeBaun Funeral Homes and Crematory assisted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.
Published on  March 20, 2017