HAMDEN – Sister Rose Marie Traficanti, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died on March 17, 2014, at St. Raphael Hospital in New Haven at age 98.
She was born on Dec. 4, 1915, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a daughter of the late Michael and Raffaela Cesta Traficanti. She entered her order in New Haven in 1933, professed her first vows in 1935 and made her perpetual vows in 1941.
Sister Rose Marie received a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Fordham University in New York.
Sister Rose Marie taught and served as administrator in schools throughout the country for 62 years, including three years at St. Anthony School in New Haven, seven years at St. Michael School in New Haven, five years at St. Raphael Schoo1 in Bridgeport, 11 years at Sacred Heart Private School in the Bronx and 20 years in the Morning Star program in Pinellas Park, Fla. She also ministered in Rhode Island and Missouri.
Sister Rose Marie retired to Sacred Heart Manor in 1997, participating in activities at the Clelian Adult Day Center, and concentrating on a ministry of prayer.
She was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Anthony, Mauro and Joseph; and sisters, Mary and Cora. She is survived by nieces, nephews and her religious community.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated on March 20 in the Sacred Heart Manor chapel. Interment followed at All Saints Cemetery in North Haven.
Memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Manor, 261 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514.