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Sister Kateri Rose, 94, of Dexter

DEXTER, New York (WWNY) – Sister Kateri Rose died on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at the Samaritan Keep Home at the age of 94.

She was born in Dexter, NY on July 21, 1927, the daughter of John Rose and Tressa Mary Favery.

Sister Kateri graduated from Hounsfield Central School, Dexter, NY. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on December 8, 1946. She took the habit on August 1, 1947 and made her perpetual profession on August 8, 1953. She received her bachelor’s degree from Marywood College, PA, a master’s degree in Buffalo State of NYS Science and Master of Arts, LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA. Sister Kateri also had postgraduate studies at St. Michael’s University, Burlington, VT and St. Paul’s University, Ottawa, Canada. She has taught at Sacred Heart School, St. Patrick’s School, Immaculate Heart Central, Watertown, Champlain Academy, Port Henry, Holy Name, AuSable Forks, Augustinian Academy, Carthage, St. John’s School, Morristown, St. Joseph’s School, St. Mary’s School, Holy Family High School, Massena, St. James School, Gouverneur, Bishop Smith School, Malone and Mater Dei College, Ogdensburg.

While at Mater Dei College, Sister Kateri taught fine arts, religion, business, English, and philosophy classes and served as an instructor for the Mater Dei campuses in Gouverneur and St. Regis Reserve. She taught night classes at Ogdensburg Correctional Facility. After many years at Mater Dei College, Sister Kateri served as director of the religious education program at Brownville, Dexter.

Sister Kateri, an artist, presented her own “one woman art exhibitions”, which included oil and acrylic paintings and sculptures in the areas where she worked. She enjoyed traveling to places like Russia and Rome for the beatification of Kateri Tekawitha.

Sister Kateri was an active member of the Altar and Rosary Society, Brownville/Dexter, Medal Praesidium of the Legion of Mary Immaculate, Church of the Sacred Heart, Watertown. .

Sister Kateri is survived by her sister-in-law Barbara Rose and her nieces Barbara Bennett, Plattsburgh, NY, Elizabeth Brais, Liverpool, NY Claire Thornhill, Asheville, NC,

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her brothers Oliver and John and her sister Agatha.

Funeral arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. Private wake-up hours and funeral liturgy will be held at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse Chapel.

Contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 1425 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be posted at

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