Sr. Rosaline, beloved member of the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ), passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2012 after a blessed 94 years of life.
She is survived by, and will be sadly missed by the members of her FCJ community and by many nieces and nephews and their families. Sr. Rosaline was born in Birkenhead, England on October 6, 1918. She enjoyed her school years with the Sisters FCJ and was very active in the sports teams. She entered the convent in Brussels, Belgium on February 2, 1938 and received her Teacher Training at Sedgley Park College in England. After teaching in primary schools in England, Sr. Rosaline came to Canada in 1956 arriving in Toronto where she was the first principal of St. Bernard’s School. She spent many wonderful years in ministry in leadership in her local FCJ community and as principal in various schools in the Separate School Board in Toronto before retiring in 1981. Sr. Rosaline was a deeply compassionate person as was evidenced in her dealings with the teachers, students, and their families. After retiring, she worked with Share Life Campaign in Toronto before going to Lethbridge in 1987 to serve in leadership for her community and in the ministry of visiting the sick and elderly. Sr. Rosaline then came to Calgary where she helped in the archives and was a joyful presence in the community. In her later years, her physical health declined but her spirits never faltered. Rosaline brought a great deal of laughter to her community and to family and friends with her wonderful sense of humor. She was always interested in others and in what was going on around her. She maintained her interest in sports and in the news of the world and her prayers were far reaching. Sr. Rosaline was predeceased by her parents John and Brigid (Grey) McGrath and by her five brothers and one sister.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Sacred Heart Convent, FCJ (219 – 19 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2S 0C8) on Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Prayers at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Convent, FCJ on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The Sisters FCJ and Sr. Rosaline’s family are deeply appreciative of the staff of FCJ Centre, AHS Home Care and Calgary Family Services, Foothills Hospital and Agape Hospice for the loving care and support they provided. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to FCJ Christian Life Centre or to your favorite charity.
In living memory of Sr. Rosaline McGrath, FCJ, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences