Sister Rose, baptized Elizabeth, was born in Florissant, Missouri. She was received into the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1948. She received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Fontbonne College in 1959 and a certificate as a nurse aide from Nazareth Home in 1986.
Sister Rose served as a cook at Nazareth Convent in St. Louis (1950-52) and St. Joseph Industrial School in Keshena, Wisconsin (1952-53). She then served as the dining room manager at the St. Joseph Provincial House in St. Louis for a year.
In 1954, Sister Rose completed her education at Academy of Our Lady/Spalding and continued on to earn her bachelor’s degree in 1959. After a year-long internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sister Rose began her 26-year ministry as a registered dietitian, serving at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City (1960-63); St. Joseph Hospital - Center for Life in Augusta (1963-73) and at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood, Missouri (1973-1986).
Sister Rose then went on to serve for two years as a certified nurse assistant at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood. From 1988 to 1990, she served her CSJ community at Nazareth Convent/Nazareth Living Center in community service and as a residential care assistant.
From there, she served for four years at St. Joseph’s Academy Convent in St. Louis, first, as the assistant administrator and then as an administrative staff member. Sister Rose then volunteered for a year in the CSJ Care home service.
In 2003, she served in family care for five years before retiring in 2008. During that time, she was also a volunteer at Nazareth Living Center until 2009.
Since then, Sister Rose has resided at Nazareth Living Center where she continues to carry out her mission of prayer and presence.