Sister Rose Marie Craycroft, OSU: Dec. 21,1923-Jan. 13, 2021

Sister Rose Marie Craycroft, 97, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 79th year of religious life. She was a native of New Haven, Ky.

Sister Rose Marie was a prayerful, positive person who had great artistic ability. Her former religious name was Sister Mary Clarence.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, Ohio, in 1966, followed by a master’s degree in library science from Spalding College (now University), Louisville, Ky., in 1975.

She taught at St. Joseph School, Central City, Ky. (1944-45), St. Romuald School, Hardinsburg, Ky. (1955-57), Rosary Chapel School, Paducah, Ky. (1957-58), St. Martin School, Rome, Ky. (1958-64), and Seven Holy Founders School, Affton, Mo. (1964-69). She taught in Louisville at St. Columba School (1945-52), St. Bartholomew (1952-55) and St. Denis (1969-73). She was the librarian at Lourdes Central High School, Nebraska City, Neb. (1973-83). She was secretary/bookkeeper at St. Christopher Parish, Radcliff, Ky. (1983-88), and served in family ministry in New Haven from 1988 until retiring in 2001.

Survivors include the members of her religious community; siblings Father B. Leo Craycroft, Radcliff; Edward Craycroft, Louisville; and Mary Josephine Blandford, Louisville; nieces and nephews.

In compliance with health and safety standards, there will be a private funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at Mount Saint Joseph. Visitation begins with the rosary at 9:30 a.m.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Donations in memory of Sister Rose Marie may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.



  1. Fr. Thomas R. Clark

    Prayers and condolences to her family, especially to her brother Fr. Leo. Requiescat in Pace.

  2. Angela Goetz Wink

    I remember Sister Rose Marie well as Sister Mary Clarence. She taught me at St. Martin’s School in seventh and eighth grades. She is the first one to realize I needed glasses because, as she put it, I was getting the correct answers to the questions she wrote on the blackboard, but unfortunately, I was writing down the wrong questions. She gave me credit for the correct answers as i wrote them on my paper, then suggested to my parents that they have my eyes examined. What a difference that made. Mother was told by the optometrist that it was a wonder I didn’t get hit by the bus I rode to school since there was no way I could see it coming. I’ve always been grateful to Sister for helping me regain my vision in those early years. Rest in peace, Sister Rose Marie.

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