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In Memoriam - Sister Rose Duchesne Noelke, OSF

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Noelke OSF Sr Rose001Sister Rose Duchesne Noelke, OSF, 100, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on May 30, at St. Francis Convent, Springfield.

Sister Rose Duchesne, the former Leona Mary Noelke, was born in Washington, Mo., on April 22, 1920, the daughter of the late Henry and Rose Barbara Gerritson Noelke. She entered the congregation on Sept. 23, 1949 and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1952.

Sister Rose Duchesne was a 1958 graduate of St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing. She served the community as a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, Green Bay, Wisc., and as the nursing service director at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, from 1961 to 1972. From 1972 to 1976, she was a core member of the House of Prayer, in Henry. She served as a pastoral care associate at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, Green Bay, Wis., from 1976 to 1982 and at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, from 1986 to 1989. She retired to the motherhouse in Springfield in 2002, where she continued to serve in several volunteer roles.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers, Theodore, Harry, Anthony, Leonard, Maurice, and Cyril Noelke and one sister, Rosemary Sowinski.

She is survived by one brother, Alfred (Doris) Noelke of Washington, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Teresa Noelke of Hermann, Mo.; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews; as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 70 years.

Private services will be held on June 3. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

The Franciscan Sisters and family were served by Butler Funeral Home—Springfield.

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