Sister Rose Walters, CSA, formerly known as Sister Thomas More, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, at Nazareth Court and Center, Fond du Lac, Wisc.
She was born Oct. 11, 1933, in Catherine to Anthony Walters and Lidwina Polifka Walters. She attended Girls Catholic High in Hays. She entered St. Agnes Convent, Fond du Lac, in 1952, graduated from St. Agnes High School. She received a bachelor’s in education from Marian College of Fond du Lac, earned her master’s in education at Fort Hays State University and was certified in pastoral ministry and clinical pastoral education by St. Louis University.
She made her profession of vows in the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes on Aug. 15, 1955.
Throughout her life she pursued further education to enhance and broaden her professional preparation. She was an elementary school teacher for 25 years in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. She was assistant principal at St. Henry School, Fort Wayne, Ind., for six years. She ministered as pastoral assistant in New Haven, Ind., in Parish Administration in New Almelo, for four years; and did pastoral ministry at St. Nicholas of Myra Parish in Hays. She served in campus ministry at Kansas State University for six years. She was a pastoral minister at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Salina for 19 years.
In 2014, she returned to Fond du Lac where she energetically engaged in numerous opportunities to volunteer. She offered the gift of presence, building personal relationships and encouraging people as they experienced times of critical need. She was drawn to those who were poor or marginalized. Her volunteer ministries included: tutor for Fond du Lac Adult Literacy Program; facilitator and mentor in the Getting Ahead Program sponsored by the St. Vincent De Paul Society and spiritual care volunteer at Hospice Home of Hope.
She was a devoted fan of her sports teams, the Kansas University Jayhawks, the Kansas City Chiefs and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Survivors include a brother, Thomas; three sisters, Catherine Perino, Nettie Kuhn-Berdi and Sister Ann Walters, CSA; her nieces and nephews; and Sisters of St. Agnes.
Cremation has taken place.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Herbert, Delbert, Marvin, Daniel, Patrick; and a sister, Dolores Giebler.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 9 at St. Francis Home Chapel, Fond du Lac; burial in St. Catherine Cemetery, Catherine, at a date to be determined.
There will be a prayers service at 11 a.m. Jan. 9 at Nazareth Court and Center Chapel, 375 Gillett Street, Fond du Lac, WI.
Memorials are suggested to CSA Mission Advancement Office, 320 County Road K, Fond du Lac, WI 54937.
Zacherl Funeral Home is serving the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes.