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Sister Rosemary Borntrager

Formerly Sister Rose Cecile

Sister Rosemary was born on November 23, 1932 and died on March 6, 2023.


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Sister Rosemary, formerly Sister Rose Cecile, was born in 1932 at Garfield Park Hospital in Chicago.

She entered the Congregation on July 22, 1950. She professed first and final vows on January 23, 1953 and 1958, respectively.

Of her ministries, Sister Rosemary served mainly in education. From 1953 to 1993, she taught at elementary schools and high schools or ministered as an assistant principal or principal. She also ministered in the Diocese of Joliet Schools Office as the Assistant Superintendent for Teacher Personnel from 1980 to 1993, and also as Diocesan Personnel Director. She also ministered in the Congregation’s Archives Department and as General Secretary for the Leadership Team. Currently, she ministers in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Rosemary said she enjoyed gardening, reading, crocheting and cross-stitching.

Sister Rosemary Borntrager (formerly Sister Rose Cecile)

Complete Ministry

In Indiana: Teacher, Cathedral School, Fort Wayne (1953-56); Teacher, St. Patrick, Indianapolis (1956); Teacher, Our Lady of Greenwood, Greenwood (1956-57); Archivist Assistant, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1993-97); General Secretary, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1997-2006); Volunteer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2007-2021); Prayer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2021-2023).

In Illinois: Teacher, St. Dennis, Lockport (1958-61); Teacher, Marywood, Evanston (1966-69); Teacher/Assistant Principal, Marywood, Evanston (1969-70); Assistant Superintendent/Teacher, Diocese of Jolie (1980-93).

In Washington, D.C.: Teacher, St. Ann (1961-66).

In Missouri: Teacher/Assistant Principal, John F. Kennedy High School, St. Louis (1971-73).

In California: Principal, Marywood, Orange (1973-80).


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