Sister Rosemarie Fitzpatrick, (Sr. Amata), CSJ, 82, died Friday, February 7, 2014, in Sewickley Valley Hospital in her 65th year as a Sister of St. Joseph. Sister Rosemarie, daughter of the late Ralph and Rose Ellwanger Fitzpatrick, entered the Congregation from St. Joseph Parish, Sharpsburg, PA.
Sister ministered as a teacher and principal in the Pittsburgh, Greensburg, and Altoona-Johnstown Dioceses for more than thirty years, including six years at St. Margaret Mary School, Lower Burrell, and six years at St. Bede School, Pittsburgh.
Sr. Rosemarie served as principal at St. Charles School, Donora, and at St. Hilary School, Washington, PA and as Assistant principal at St. Bernard School in Mt. Lebanon. During her time at St. Catherine School, Beechview (1985-1992), she ministered as a teacher, office assistant, and librarian. Throughout her years as an educator, Sister Rosemarie was eager to draw the most out of her students.
In 1992 Sister Rosemarie came to the Motherhouse where she served the Congregation as Assistant to the Treasurer from 1992-99 and as the Coordinator of Sisters’ Benefits Office from 1999-2005. Her attention to detail, her accuracy, and her perseverance were valued gifts that she brought to her ministry.
After retiring in 2005 she offered her services at the Motherhouse including four years in the Archives Department. She will be remembered for her kindness and words of encouragement that she offered to others.
Sister Rosemarie is survived by one sister, Frances Fitzpatrick, Bellevue, PA, nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden.
Friends will be received Monday, February 10, from 1:00-8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 11, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30p.m. at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. in the Sisters’ Chapel. Burial will follow in the Cemetery on the Motherhouse grounds.
Donations in the name of Sister Rosemarie may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph Memorial Fund, St. Joseph Convent, 1020 State Street, Baden, PA 15005.