Sister Esther Romalke
Sister Esther Romalke, 98, a Sister of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis (SSJ-TOSF) for 82 years, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at the St. Joseph Motherhouse in Stevens Point.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at the St. Joseph Motherhouse Chapel, 1300 Maria Drive, with the Rev. Todd Mlsna officiating. Burial will be in the convent cemetery.
Visitation will begin in the chapel with a prayer service at 9 a.m. Monday.
Memorials may be offered to the Sisters of St. Joseph-TOSF.
Pisarski Funeral Home in Stevens Point assisted with
arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
Sister Esther was born March 1, 1918, in Polonia, the
14th of 16 children born to the late Stanley and Frances (Meronek)
On Aug. 5, 1935, Sister Esther was received into the
novitiate of the Order and pronounced perpetual vows Aug. 4, 1942.
She graduated from Alverno College, and served as a
teacher/principal in Catholic Schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota for 35 years.
In the Diocese of La Crosse, she served at St. Mary of Mount Carmel in Fancher;
St. Michael in Junction City; St. Florian in Hatley; Sacred Heart in Dodge; St.
Stanislaus in Arcadia; St. Pius X in La Crosse; and SS Peter & Paul in Independence.
During the next 28 years, Sister Esther served the community
as coordinator at the then-Motherhouse in South Bend, Ind.; St. Joseph
Motherhouse in Stevens Point; and Marymount Congregational Home in Garfield
Heights, Ohio. Since retiring at St. Joseph Motherhouse in 2009, she continued
to offer supportive services there.
Survivors include nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of St.
She was also preceded in death by eight sisters, Catherine
Grzywacz, Mary Lukasavige, Susie Brazale, Sophie Strelaw, Harriet Kastner,
Tekla Wyrozumialski, Georgiana Stankowski and Eleanor Blarek; and seven
brothers, Alex Wyrozumialski, Vincent Wyrozumialski, Joseph Romalke, Anton
Wyrozumialski, Felix Rozumialski, Theodore Rozumialski and Benedict Rozumialski.