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In Loving Memory of
Sister M. Rosemary Ferus

May 10, 1931

Entered Religious Life:
August 12, 1949

Born into Eternal Life:
January 5, 2022

“I shall sing to the Lord all my life, make music for my God as long as I live. (Psalm 104.33).”

Loretta Jean Ferus was born in East Chicago, Indiana, on May 10, 1931, and was baptized a couple of weeks later on the 24th of May at St. Stanislaus Church. Loretta’s father Albert was from East Chicago, Indiana and her mother Mary was from Chicago, Illinois. Loretta was the second of five children of Albert and Mary Ferus. She had two brothers and two sisters. Loretta attended St. Joseph Grade School in East Chicago, Indiana and at the age of 14, Loretta made her confirmation on March 16, 1945.

After graduation from Bishop Noll Institute of Hammond, Indiana, Loretta joined the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago on August 12, 1949. On February 2, 1950, Loretta became a postulant and later that year on August 12th she entered the novitiate and received the name of Sister Mary Rosemary. Two years later, Sister made her First Profession of Vows on August 12, 1952, and her Final Profession on August 12, 1957.

As a postulant Loretta went to teach second grade at Five Holy Martyrs in Chicago, Illinois. She returned to Five Holy Martyrs as a second year novice to teach the fifth grade for five months and then was sent to SS. Philip and James in Cleveland, Ohio to teach the sixth grade for the next six months. After her first profession, Sister returned to SS. Philip and James for another year to once again teach the sixth grade.

Over the next ten years Sister Rosemary was at St. Casimir in Cleveland, Ohio, where she taught grades 2, 3, 4, and 8. In 1963, Sister obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from St. John College in Cleveland, Ohio. Afterwards, Sister was living at St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr convent in Chicago for a year while she attended classes at Loyola University. During this time Sister gave piano lessons for beginners.

From 1964 to 1990, Sister Rosemary was at Madonna High School in Chicago, Illinois. In January 1966, Sister Rosemary obtained a Master’s of Science Degree with a major emphasis in guidance and counseling. Sister began her 26 year career at Madonna as Director of Guidance, followed by Director of Education, the National Honor Society Moderator, and the Registrar until in 1982 she became the Assistant Principal. She was also the Director of Postulants and Aspirants for eight years, Local Minister for seven years and Juniorate Director for two years.

In 1990, Sister Rosemary moved to Lemont, Illinois to serve at Franciscan Village and Marian Village. During the first 14 years, Sister held various positions: receptionist, Director of Mission Integration, Chair of the Total Quality Management Program, Director of Resident Services and Registrar. In 2004, Sister changed her status to part time and became the organist at Franciscan Village and Marian Village. After a year Sister was the organist only at Franciscan Village, a position she held for the next five years. During her time at Franciscan Village Sister enjoyed being with the residents and accompanied them on many of their outings.

After many years of service, on November 11, 2011, Sister Rosemary moved from her coach house in Lemont to live at Our Lady of Victory Convent. For the next 10 years Sister entered a life of prayer and retirement. Sister particularly liked playing Rummikub, working jigsaw puzzles, playing computer games and eating ice cream.

In the 72nd year of religious life and at the age of 90, Sister M. Rosemary peacefully entered into eternal life at 3:35 P.M. on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, to be with Jesus whom she loved and served with all her heart.