Mass of Christian Burial Live Streamed
Monday, December 13, 2021
10:00 AM EST
Meeting ID: 811 5823
Life Story / Obituary
Rose Mary Martin, the fourth of nine children was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 18, 1929, the daughter of John Martin and Margaret (Mersino) Martin. She attended St. Michael’s Parish in Pontiac, Michigan. Inspired by the Sisters of St. Joseph who taught her, she entered the Congregation on July 1, 1946. She received the name Sister Mary Nivard at her reception on January 1, 1947, but later returned to her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1949 and final vows on January 3, 1952. Sister Rose Mary has two sisters, Jean Joseph and Mary Louise who also joined the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1944 and 1950, respectively.
To prepare for a teaching career, Sister Rose Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nazareth College in August, 1963 majoring in Spanish. She went on to receive a Masters Degree from St. Louis University also with a degree in Spanish. She taught grades 1-12 in various schools of the Congregation including St. Mary and Powers High School in Flint, St. Joseph in Lake Orion, Our Lady of Fatima in Michigan Center and St. Veronica in Detroit and Holy Maternity in Dowagiac. Sister Rose Mary returned to Nazareth in July, 1995 to work at the Fontbonne desk where she scheduled medical appointments and coordinated drivers to take the Sisters to their appointments. When the desk closed in 2004, Sister Rose Mary continued to coordinate the schedule until 2010.
At her diamond jubilee, Sister Rose Mary wrote, “I realize now how God has touched my life. Not only was I brought up in a faith-filled family, but so many good people have influenced my life. The years have deepened my relationship with God. It is with joy in my heart that I give thanks to God for all the graces and blessings He has bestowed on me, my family and my community.” Sister Rose Mary expressed her joy through a lovely singing voice and gentle laugh. Her kindness could be seen in her frequent visits to Borgess Place and assisted living area at Nazareth, where she unobtrusively helped others with simple tasks. May she now experience fullness of joy in God’s presence!