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Sister Thomas Rose Redling, OSF


Sister Thomas Rose Redling died March 13, 2020, at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany, having spent 76 years as a Franciscan Sister of Allegany.

Born Margaret Marie Redling on May 6, 1923, to Michael and Rose (Czernalabics) Redling, she attended Corpus Christi Elementary School in Mineola and Mineola High School. She went on to attend St. Elizabeth Teacher College in Allegany, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from St. Bonaventure University. Sister continued her studies at St. Bonaventure University and Malloy College in New York City to attain her advance certification in History.

Sister Thomas Rose entered the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, on Sept. 8, 1944, and professed her final religious vows on Aug. 16, 1952.

Sister began her ministry in the field of education in congregational schools in New York, New Jersey and Florida, teaching mainly middle school grades. She served as principal and superior at Corpus Christi, Miami. In 1982, Sister became a parish ministry trainee for the sick and elderly at Espiritu Santo Parish in Safety Harbor, Fla. Later, she served as the receptionist in the Pastoral Care Department at St. Joseph Hospital, Tampa, Fla. She continued her ministry
in health care until she retired in 2007. Sister was warmly welcomed home to St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany in 2012.

Sister Thomas Rose was predeceased by her parents, four brothers – Joseph, Michael, John and Walter Redling; four sisters – Mary Regelmann, Theresa Abbondondelo, Rose Ciascio and Ann Ruis.

A wake service was held March 17, at 6:30 p.m. in St. Elizabeth Motherhouse Chapel. A funeral Mass was celebrated March 18, at 10 a.m. in the chapel. Burial followed in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.


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