Funeral Mass celebrated for Sr. Rose Catherine Kuehner

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Funeral Mass celebrated for Sr. Rose Catherine Kuehner

Sister Rose Catherine Kuehner, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 99, formerly of St. Lucas, died Wednesday evening, May 15, 2013, at Villa St. Joseph, LaCrosse, Wis. 

She was in the 73rd year of her religious profession.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, May 21, in Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Rose Convent in LaCrosse, Wis. 

Burial was in the Catholic cemetery on Losey Boulevard in LaCrosse.

Sister Rose Catherine (Mary Ann Kuehner) was born to Nicholas and Katherine (Hackman) Kuehner on Dec. 18, 1913, on the family farm near St. Lucas.

Mary attended St. Luke's Catholic School. After graduation from the eighth grade, she took a six-week sewing course. She spent most of her time working as a hired girl for relatives and neighbors, as well as helping her parents at home.

On Aug. 13, 1937, Mary entered St. Rose Convent. She was received into the novitiate on Aug. 9, 1938, and was given the name Sister Rose Catherine. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 12, 1940, and made final profession on Aug. 9, 1946.

Sister Rose Catherine served as a homemaker in convent homes in Iowa, Idaho and Wisconsin for 51 years, including 14 years in the kitchen and bakery at Villa St. Joseph. During several summers she worked with the poor through the Shared Horizons Program sponsored by the FSPA. 

In 1991 Sister Rose Catherine retired at St. Rose Convent, volunteering in the bakery and kitchen until 1995. She made the Villa her home in 2006.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, William, Carl and Leonard; and six sisters, Sr. (Rosina) Nicolette FSPA, Teresa, Elizabeth, Anna, Josephine, and Sr. (Barbara) Cyrene FSPA.

Sister Rose Catherine is survived by her Franciscan Community; a sister-in-law, Rita Kuehner of St. Lucas; nieces and nephews.

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