Sister Mary Rose Anne
September 25, 2020
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Shirley Ann WEBB
Immaculate Conception Province, USA
Date and Place of Birth: November 17, 1929 Muskegon, Michigan
Date and Place of Profession: August 16, 1952 Cleveland, Ohio
Date and Place of Death: September 25, 2020 Health Care Center, Chardon, Ohio
Date and Place of Burial: October 5, 2020 Resurrection Cemetery, Chardon, Ohio
“I know the plans I have for you, to bring about the future you hope for.”
Shirley was the youngest of the six children born to Arthur and Cecilia (Archambeau) Webb. Two of the boys died as young children. With her sister and brothers, Shirley attended school in Michigan before the family moved to Cleveland in 1941. She completed her elementary classes at Immaculate Conception School in Cleveland and entered St. Peter High School, Cleveland.
She majored in business and English, although her greatest interest was in the field of science. Outside of school her activities were varied: movies, reading, bowling and her favorites, concerts and the opera. It was during these high school years that she met the Sisters of Notre Dame and began to consider a vocation to religious life. After graduation Shirley worked for one year and then entered the community on September 8, 1949. At investment she received the name Sister Mary Rose Anne.
Sister received a bachelor’s degree from St. John College in Cleveland and a master’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Whether serving as teacher, principal, librarian or technology coordinator, Sister Mary Rose Anne’s ministry in elementary school education spanned more than sixty years. She was an excellent intermediate and junior high teacher, attuned to the needs of her students and eager to encourage and mentor other teachers. In her semi-retired position as computer lab manager, Sister was engaged with the work, but even more, enjoyed the interactions with the faculty, staff and children.
Sister Mary Rose Anne was a good listener. No matter where she was, listening to others with a compassionate heart was a major component of ministry. Her prayerful spirit and unobtrusive, caring ways were offered to everyone. Knowing that their special intentions were remembered in prayer was a source of support and evidence of her love. Although quiet and private by nature, Sister’s circle of prayer encompasssed every need, especially at her daily holy hour of adoration.
Visits and phone calls to her family were treasured, especially those with her older sister, Hazel. Sister lived simply and was disciplined and resolute about what was important to her. She was a good companion, a whiz at playing cards, an avid reader and a devoted friend over many years. Most recently, she joined the sisters for Wii bowling, where she posted some top scores and rediscovered a favorite sport. Sister’s death was quite sudden and unexpected. She died as she had lived, quietly and unassumingly.
May she rejoice in the fulfillment of her hope for eternal life.