Sister Rose Marita O’Bryan, 77, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died June 10, 2019, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 58th year of religious life. She was a native of Owensboro and was the only daughter born to Marion and Elizabeth O’Bryan. She had three brothers.
Sister Rose Marita had a smile awaiting all those she met. She was known for her leadership skills and her deep love of the Ursuline charism of Saint Angela Merici.
She graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in 1960. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in German from Brescia College (now University) in 1965, and a master’s degree in religious education and theology from St. John’s College, Cleveland, in 1973.
She was a teacher at Seven Holy Founders School in Affton, Mo., (1965-72), then was the religious education coordinator at the school and parish (1972-76). She was a pastoral associate at Sacred Heart Parish in Hickman, Ky. (1991-96). She served in several internal ministries for her community. She was an elected councilor on the Leadership Council from 1976-84 and was elected major superior from 1996-2004. She was director of vocations, postulants and the contact program (1984-90), and coordinator of Mission Effectiveness (2005-2016). She was director of the Contemporary Woman Program at Brescia University (2005-16).
Survivors include the members of her religious community; two brothers, Joe (Maggie) O’Bryan of Owensboro and David (Trafta) O’Bryan of Louisville; and nieces and nephews.
The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Wednesday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.
Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is handling arrangements.
Donations in memory of Sister Rose Marita may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.