Sister Rosaline (Suzanne) Walters, OSF

Sister Rosaline (Suzanne) Walters, OSF

Wednesday, October 12th, 1938 - Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
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Sister Rosaline (Suzanne) Walters, OSF
Oct. 12, 1938 - May 27, 2020
Sister Rosaline Walters, age 81, went peacefully home to God on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at the Franciscan Villa. Sister was born in Syracuse, New York, the only child of Edwin and Rosemond Walters. Sister was a member of St. James Parish and graduated from St. Vincent de Paul High School. She had for some time felt a call to religious life and in 1957 she entered the Sisters of St. Francis where she labored in the vineyard of the Lord of 62 years. During those years she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Medaille College and a Master’s Degree in Administration from St. Bonaventure University. She served actively in the ministries of teaching, administration and pastoral care until illness required her retirement.
Sister began teaching in various Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Syracuse and Albany. Her hard work and talent in the field of education was soon recognized and she was moved into administration where she served as Principal for many years, first at Holy Family in Fairmount, NY, then at St. Joseph, Camden, NJ and finally at Blessed Sacrament, Margate, NJ. In 2007, Sister took on a new challenge, serving devotedly as Pastoral Minister at parishes in Haddonfield and Wildwood, NJ. In her new ministry, Sister tended to the needs of the poor, elderly, and ill with great love and compassion.
Sister Rosaline will be remembered for having a great love of God and those He entrusted to her care. She was a diligent, self-sacrificing worker, and a loyal and generous friend, one who was always sensitive to the needs of others and magnanimous in her willingness to help. Sister enjoyed the Jersey Shore and sports immensely. She was an avid Notre Dame fan.
Sister was predeceased by her parents and is survived by her second cousin, Barbara Bellinger, and the Sisters of St. Francis.
In compliance with the safety restriction placed upon us due to the Covid pandemic, private funeral services for Sister Rosaline will be held at the Franciscan Villa at a time and date not yet determined.
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    Franciscan Villa Chapel
    6900 Buckley Road
    SYRACUSE, NY 13212
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    Services to be announced.
  • Interment

    Assumption Cemetery
    2401 Court Street
    SYRACUSE, NY 13208
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Laurie Bellanger Hotchkiss

Posted at 01:34pm
When I was a child, I can remember Aunt Sue and some other nuns coming out to our Grandparents' camp on Oneida Lake. They went into the camp as nuns, and came out as "regular people in bathing suits!" Our Grandpa Ed and Grandma Bern Hoysak loved Aunt Sue like a daughter. I loved hearing the stories of Aunt Sue and our mom playing softball together when they were young. She will always have a special place in my heart.

Janis Bellanger Becker

Posted at 06:49pm
Sister Rosaline/ Aunt Sue is a big part of my life and brought such joy to our family, particularly to my grandparents Bernardine and Ed, who always seemed to have a hysterically funny anecdote of Sue's rambunctious childhood antics. Sue was like a sister to my mom, Barbara. Sue taught me that girls can be great athletes, effective leaders, and smart as whips. She seemed to always have a twinkle in her eye, and you had to be on your toes around her --- otherwise half of her dry, witty puns would go right over my head! I remember learning about how "Aunt Sue" went by "Sister Rosaline" and I was very confused how one person could have different names. One of my very happiest memories was travelling down to Camden, NJ for Sister's 25th Jubilee. I was only about 12 years old at the time, but was quite relieved to discover that nuns could have wonderful parties celebrating their accomplishments and the blessings they give the world!

Norma Santiago and family

Posted at 03:46pm
As a gratitude from norma Santiago and family of camden. You were always our shinig spirit and love. May you be showered with peace.
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Mary Downey

Posted at 07:34am
To the family of Sister Rosaline,

My late Mom, Rose Tomczak was the librarian at Holy Family School while Sister was principal there. They had such a great work relationship. I also remember Sister as a wonderful person through and through. She will be surely missed.

My sincere sympathies to you all,
Mary Tomczak Downey

Carole Witter (Walters)

Posted at 07:40pm
Barbara, I was so sorry to see this in the newspaper. I had tried to locate Suzanne over the years with no success. I didnt know how to reach you either. My prayers are with her, and you. I did leave my email address on the funeral homes page for any future notices regarding services.
Carole Witter (Walters)

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