Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, April 22, 2018

WEST HARTFORD – Sister Rose Eileen (Terese Rose) Flanagan, 84, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died at the Provincial House in West Hartford on Dec. 13, 2010. She had been in religious life for 62 years.

She was born on Aug. 7, 1926, in Waterbury, a daughter of the late Thomas J. and Mary Cecilia (Kiely) Flanagan. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Oct. 15, 1948, and professed her perpetual vows on Aug. 24, 1954.

Sister Rose Eileen graduated from Diocesan Sisters College with a Bachelor of Science degree. She received a degree in medical-surgical nursing from The Catholic University of America in Washington and a degree in administration of nursing service from Boston University.

Sister Rose Eileen served on Central Connecticut State University’s advisory committee from 1984-96 and on the Northwest Coalition of Hospital-Based Schools of Nursing as president-elect, president and a board member between1986-92. She was the assistant director and an instructor at St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Hartford and then ministered at St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Waterbury, where she was the assistant administrator and director of nursing at various times. She also spent five years in nursing administration at North Adams Regional Hospital in North Adams, Mass. Her final ministry was in the alumni office at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Sister Rose Eileen’s brothers, Father Harold Flanagan, William, Charles and Thomas Flanagan Jr.; and her sisters, Rosemary Fitzgerald and Sister Eileen Flanagan of the Sisters of Notre Dame, predeceased her. She is survived by her religious community, nephews and nieces.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 16, 2010, in St. Joseph Chapel at 27 Park Rd., West Hartford. Interment was in the community’s cemetery in West Hartford.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Rd., West Hartford, CT 06119.