1923 - 2017
Wheaton Franciscan Sister
Sister Rosalie Klein passed into the fullness of God on July 7, 2017. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 26, 1923. She became a member of the Wheaton Franciscans on September 2, 1942 and professed her final vows on May 19, 1948. She is preceded in death by her parents Mary Elizabeth (Elsie Kammers) and Casper Klein, her brothers and sisters, Donald, Elizabeth, Jean, Dorothy, Delores, Betty, Richard, Milton, and Bernice. She is survived by her brothers and sisters, James, Audrey, Harold, Elaine, and Mildred.
Sister Rosalie served the community and congregation in pastoral ministry roles and committee work, along with educating herself in healthcare ministries. She received a BSN and MSN from Marquette University College of Nursing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and an MS and DSC from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. She served as an RN in St. Louis, Missouri, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1959, she became full professor and Dean of Marquette University College of Nursing. She served there for 32 years and then for four more years as Dean Emeritus and as a volunteer historian. In retirement, she continued to serve as a patient volunteer at Elmbrook Memorial Hospital in Brookfield, Wisconsin and until her death as a pastoral companion at St. Camillo’s Residence in Milwaukee.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at San Camillo Chapel (10200 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI) 2:00 p.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 5:00 p.m. Burial will be private.