Rosemary Schlagheck
Rosemary Schlagheck
  • August 16, 1920 - January 15, 2017
  • Fremont, Ohio

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Sister Rosemary Schlagheck died peacefully Sunday, January 15, 2017 at St. Bernardine Home in Fremont surrounded by her sisters. She was 96 years old and a Sister of Mercy for 78 years.

Sister Rosemary was born to Frank and Catherine (Tuite) Schlagheck in Toledo, OH on August 16, 1920. She was one of 5 siblings. Her family was one of the founding families of the St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Toledo. Their parish and their faith were the center of their family life. It was at St. Vincent de Paul School that Rosemary first met the Sisters of Mercy. She was a member of the 1938 graduating class of Central Catholic High School.

Rosemary entered the Novitiate of Sisters of Mercy on September 9, 1938 in Dubuque, Iowa, which was then part of the Cincinnati Province. Her first vows were made in Cincinnati on March 12, 1941, and final vows in 1944. Sister held a Bachelors of Education degree from the Athenaeum in Cincinnati, and a Master in Education from Marygrove College in Detroit.

Sister Rosemary spent 46 years ministering in catholic elementary education. At various times she served at St. Catherine's in Toledo, St. Mary's in Kirby, St. Vincent de Paul in Toledo, St. Mary's in Mansfield, St. Mary's in Vermillion and St. Clement's in Toledo. In addition to teaching she also held positions as principal and assistant principal as several of these schools.

In 1988, she served in the retreat ministry at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center in Fremont. It was here that for the first time she and her sibling, Sister Alma, also a sister of Mercy, ministered together. In 2002, Sister Rosemary moved to St. Bernardine Home in Fremont where praying for the needs of others became her primary work. She was also very much a part of the community life of the sisters there and was present and fully participated in every activity and meeting scheduled up until the day she died.

Sister Rosemary is survived by the members of her religious community the Sisters of Mercy, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister; Sister Alma, and brothers; Walter, Francis, and Paul.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 2:00 to 7:30 at St. Bernardine Home and on Friday until the funeral. Funeral services will take place Friday, January 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm in St Bernardine's chapel. Burial will follow in Our Lady of The Pines cemetery. Memorials may be made to Sisters of Mercy St. Bernardine Home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Keller-Koch-Chudzinski Funeral Home, 416 S. Arch Street, Fremont, Ohio. 43420