Wednesday, 28 January 2009 04:50
Sister Charlotte Rohr died at 11:20 Monday morning, Jan. 26, at the Wichita Center in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 93. Seventy-seven of her years were lived as a professed Adorer of the Blood of Christ.
Sister Charlotte’s cremains were welcomed at the Wichita Center on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 2:00 with a wake service scheduled at 7:00 that evening. The Liturgy of Resurrection was scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Chapel of Our Lady of the New Covenant
with Father Tom Welk as presider and homilist. Burial will be in the community cemetery.
She was born on June 5, l915, on a farm a few miles from Hays, to Frank and Anna (Gross) Rohr. The eighth child of thirteen, she was baptized Philippa at St. Francis parish, Munjor.
Her elementary education began at the parish school in Antonino, and continued in Ness City, where the family moved. Her early desire to become a sister was realized after completing eighth grade when she travelled by train to Wichita with eleven other girls to enter religious life at the end of May 1929. Like most, she attended St. John’s Academy followed by Sacred Heart College.
Sister Charlotte’s places and types of ministries were numerous and varied. Formal education was interspersed with on the job learning. She earned a BS (Biology) from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, and an MBA (Health Care Administration) at Xavier University, Dayton OH. She was a registered medical and x-ray technologist and certified clinical chaplain.
Charlotte’s ministry took her to places in the USA including Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, North Dakota, Missouri, Texas and Colorado, as well as Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico and Yemen. Her wide range of hospital work included diet kitchen worker, lab technician, hospital administrator, community health coordinator, parish minister, pastoral care minister and prison minister.
During her retirement years at the Wichita Center, Charlotte had time to enjoy life as she prayed, watched nature’s changing scenes, dabbled a bit in art, and read as she dearly loved to do.
Preceding her in death are her parents, her sisters Philomena, Thecla, Irene, Adelaide, and Celestine and her brothers Paul, Edmund, Edward, Isadore, Victor, and Alvin. She is survived by her sister Viola Roberts and nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions in Sister Charlotte’s honor may be sent to the ASC Retirement Fund, ASC Wichita Center, 1165 Southwest Blvd., Wichita, KS 67213.