Sister Ann Rozalia Szabo, formerly known as Eleanora Szabo, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 86 years of age and in the 68th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Ann Rozalia was born in Tucumcari, New Mexico, to Louis and Florence (Murphy) Szabo. She graduated from Tucumcari High School in Tucumcari and received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, a bachelor’s degree in art from California State University in Hayward, and a master’s degree in religious education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.
Sister spent 36½ years ministering in elementary and music education in St. Clair, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; Winslow and Kingman, Arizona; Oakland, Santa Cruz, Larkspur, and Hayward, California; Albuquerque, Belen, and Ramah, New Mexico; and Guayama, Puerto Rico. She also was a parish pastoral minister for 10 years in San Juan Pueblo and Ramah, New Mexico.
Sister Ann Rozalia became a resident at the Dominican Life Center in 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents and a twin sister, Rozalia Ann Szabo. Sister is survived by a sister, Frances Ann Shay of Tucumcari, New Mexico.
Welcome of Sister Ann Rozalia will be on Monday, April 15, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil and the Funeral will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.
Left photo: Sister Ann Rozalia’s parents, Florence Murphy Szabo and Louis Szabo, May 19, 1930. Far right photo: Sisters Ann Rozalia Szabo and Marlene Kuhnlein in their rose garden.
Left photo: Little foot, Sister Ann Rozalia’s five- to six-month-old male kitten. Far right photo: In the art room at the Dominican Life Center.
Left photo: From left, Sisters Barbara Gentry and Dorothy Jeanne Burns, physical therapist Glady Nguyen, and Sister Ann Rozalia Szabo in the physical therapy room of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. Right photo: Sister Ann Rozalia poses in front of the bulletin board for an organization of animal lovers at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian.
Members of the 2010 Diamond Jubilee December Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Kieran Therese Quirke, Mary White, Ann Rozalia Szabo, Shirley Smith, Jeannine Therese McGorray, Geraldine Maloney, and Sean Morley; middle row, from left, Sisters Rita Crotty, Lucy Ann Quinn, Loretta May, Noreen Burke, Genevieve Jeziolkowski, Marlene Kuhnlein, and Janet Michael Hudspeth; and front row, from left, Sisters Lila Watt, Carol Denise Koenig, Virginia Beattie, Maria Goretti Browne, Ellen Kennedy, Joseph Eilese Hukle, and Donna Markham (Prioress).
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I was privileged to have worked with Sr, Anne the for years she worked at St. John the Baptist parish in San Juan Pueblo. She was the director for RCIA and Liturgy. It was also my four years of high school. She was a great inspiration and helped me develop a love for the catholic liturgy and sacred environment. We worked together at the particular liturgical seasons to enhance the liturgical spaces and to prepare for liturgical celebrations. She was instrumental in organizing our local shrine’s 100th anniversary. One common thing we both held deep in our hearts is the we both we on the same side when the pastor at the time removed her from her ministry because she wanted the local ordinary to help him seek treatment for his alcoholism of which he fought both of us until the ordinary at the time sent him for treatment. This bond was strong and showed that fraternal correction and mercy can only strengthen ourlove for Christ. Her musical, artistic and feline love were an inspiration to many with our Pueblo parish faith community. May she Rest In Peace with Dominic and Catherine, whom she loved and imitated.
Sister Ann Rosalia was an amazing teacher and friend. She, quite literally, changed the course of my life. Her warmth, unending kindness and support helped me in some dark childhood times. We will not see her like again. Thank you, Sister Ann Rosalia, for all the lives you touched. ♥️
Dear Jennifer, Thank you for your kind and loving words. I am Sr. Ann’s sister in Tucumcari, NM. I am so glad that we are hearing of her great love for her students and friends. She truly touched every person she met. I loved her so much myself.It is a joy to remember her kindness. Where were you her student? Where are you now? It is nice to read your post!Frances Shay
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