RHINEBECK, N.Y. — Sister Mary Rose Murray, SU, 90, died peacefully at ArchCare Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck, N.Y. on August 10, 2021.
She was born Anne Bernadette Murray, May 2, 1931, in the Bronx, N.Y., to the late Rose and Joseph Murray. Sister Mary Rose entered the Sisters of St. Ursula in Kingston, N.Y., on September 7, 1952, professed her first vows on January 13, 1955 and made final vows on January 23, 1960.
She graduated from Cathedral High School, New York City, received a Bachelor of Arts in French from Manhattanville College, N.Y., and a master’s degree in theology from Providence College. Sister Mary Rose was on the faculty at St. Augustine Elementary School in Providence, and subsequently served as principal there.
She taught in the elementary school and was a member of the French Department at the Academy of St. Ursula in Kingston, N.Y. She also taught Religious Studies and served as librarian at Notre Dame School in New York City. She was a teacher and principal at John A. Coleman Catholic High School in Kingston.
After retiring from her work in schools, Sister Mary Rose was a compassionate parish minister at St. Joseph in Kingston and at St. Mary’s in Wilmington, N.C. She was predeceased by her parents, Rose and Joseph Murray, her sisters, Rosaleen Sage and Mary M. Houlihan, and three brothers, Msgr. James J Murray, John T. Murray and Patrick Murray. In addition to her religious family, the Sisters of St. Ursula, Sister Mary Rose is survived by a large, loving extended family and the many friends she made everywhere she served, including her final years in skilled nursing facilities.
A memorial hour was held at Linwood Chapel, Rhinebeck, N.Y., on Saturday, August 14, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, with interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in the memory of Sister Mary Rose may be made to the Sisters of St. Ursula, 50 Linwood Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.