sister rose seyfried

January 1, 1924 – December 20, 2014

 Joyful, filled with laughter, concerned about the dear neighbor

For many, an apt description of Sister Rose might include a sister with a smile, a crochet hook and a corny joke. She loved to laugh, to watch sports, was always ready for something fun, and enjoyed her family. Laura Louise Seyfried (and twin, John Louis) was born on New Year’s Day, 1924, to Philip and Rosa (Wernsing) Seyfried of Indianapolis, Indiana. Laura Louise was the second youngest in her family of four brothers and five sisters. Certainly life was busy in a family with 10 children. 

She was taught by our sisters at Sacred Heart Grade and High Schools in Indianapolis. Louise (she went by her second name), wanted to enter the convent but her parents asked her to wait a year. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph the following year on September 15, 1942. She received the habit and the name S. Rose de Lima, March 19, 1943. Her bachelor’s degree in education was from Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colorado.

 S. Rose began her ministry at St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in St. Louis as a houseparent. Later that same year (1945) she taught primary grades at St. Teresa of Avila in St. Louis. 1949 was the beginning of 10 years at St. Patrick School in Denver. She returned to her home town to teach at Sacred Heart, Indianapolis, (1959), moving across town to St. Roch School in 1962 and then to Immaculate Conception in Montgomery City, Missouri in 1963. From there she went south to St. Francis Xavier in Brunswick, Georgia in 1965. Since it was her first time in the south, S. Rose was often asked by her northern friends and family about the climate, to which she replied that it was “hot and muggy,” further stating, “In Brunswick when you taught school you taught the gnats as well.” 

In 1968, S. Rose was back at St. Roch in Indianapolis. She finished her career in elementary teaching at St. John the Evangelist, Valdosta, Georgia (1972-1976). Next S. Rose started her work in pastoral ministry, first at St. Joseph Church in Waycross, Georgia (1976); followed by St. Joseph Church, Jesup, Georgia (1977), and in 1980, Our Lady Queen of Mercy Church, Montgomery, Alabama. 

From 1984 through 2004 S. Rose ministered at Sacred Heart Parish, Crystal City, Missouri, first as religious education coordinator until 1987 and then as pastoral minister or pastoral associate. In 2005 she retired at Sacred Heart Convent. In 2007 she came to Nazareth Living Center to continue ministering through prayer and witness. 

Rose was a good friend of my sister Rosemary (Rosie) at NLC. She was always bringing some little treat to Rosie that she knew she liked. She often just came to visit and pass the time. After Rosie died, I tried to call Rose often and she was always so grateful. She appreciated any little thing you did for her...

S. Jean Junak 

This was many years ago, but I will never forget that she smiled all the time. In fact, when she started to laugh, she had a hard time stopping. I always felt comfortable in her presence.

S. Pauline Komrska 

When many of us were young sisters and lived in Denver, we used to have to gather at the same transfer point for the bus to Loretto Heights where we were all studying on Saturdays. Rose was among the six or seven of us and we used to have a great good time on that corner. Rose was teaching first grade at the time and was full of funny stories. Her great good humor and always joyful presence seemed also to be present when I'd see her in her wheel chair at Nazareth during these past few years. May she rest in peace. Remembering Rose happily.

S. Ida Berresheim


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