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26 March 2012 @ 02:57 pm
Another Day, Another $1.29  
Sister Rosemond passed away very early Saturday morning. She was 98 and pretty much until the end, was mentally better than I'll probably be ... in five years.

When I first started working with the Sisters, I was forewarned of there moods. Being a secular heathen, I feared what that meant. At first glance, Sr Rosemond looked like the A-typical caricature of what I'd seen in movies or heard comedians speak of. She was one of the few that still wore the helmet, I mean veil, seemed to always have a stern look and was generally quiet.

Being the queen of the one liners when I'm nervous, I blurted out something (most likely screwy, flighty or vaguely cryptic) as I helped another Sister to Rosemond's table. Shit just flies outta my mouth way before my brain has had a chance to review it.
Rosemond was the only one that laughed. 
My chatter often caused her to roll her blue gray eyes that were near hidden behind her glasses.....

Due to recent dietary restrictions, her favorite food was banned from her life.
Dark Chocolate
I used to slide her some when we had tapioca for desert. She seemed to be about the only Nun that didn't think tapioca was nirvana. One of my co-workers placed a tiny foil wrapped piece of dark chocolate in the coffin next to the small pillow that held Rosemond's ... ummmm... 'married to Jesus' ring.

Long and the short of it..... I volunteered/offered to help later today for the funeral. Overtime and respect are good things....
Moody Me: nostalgicnostalgic
tayryn: GS - kitty cuddlestayryn on March 27th, 2012 01:40 pm (UTC)

you is a good person, my friend.
Flarn Zukuski: Matt Napflarn_chef on March 28th, 2012 12:25 pm (UTC)
.... I is a tired person.....
tayryn: LC - hugstayryn on March 28th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
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Flarn Zukuski: Ruler Verkaflarn_chef on March 28th, 2012 12:24 pm (UTC)
A co-worker has been working there over 20 years and said she can't even imagine how many have passed during her tenure there.

I'm thinking the average is around 83 and the youngest is in her 40's. She is from Puerto Rico and still has trouble with the English language.
All the 'fresh blood' they've gotten (and get) are transferred up to New York. The community has slowly been re-merging with other Franciscan communities they'd separated from 100 or so years ago.

That separation seemed to be based on ethnic differences. The Lithuanian Franciscan community here just re-merged with the group I work for, which was predominantly German.

... this will not be on the test :)
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Flarn Zukuski: Death or Cake?flarn_chef on March 29th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
Low level recruitment.....
A few... very few... have some fresh shiny novices. We had two or three a few years ago, and they were sent off to a more active segment of the community aka another state.
Tis sad.....