Sister Rosaire Marie, 85, parochial school teacher

December 24, 2004

Sister Rosaire Marie Culhane, who taught for many years in Northeast Baltimore parochial schools, died of cardio-pulmonary collapse Sunday at her order's motherhouse in Aston, Pa. She was 85.

Born Kathleen Culhane in Newtown, County Cork, Ireland, she entered the Franciscan Sisters of Philadelphia in 1935. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Mount St. Mary University in Emmitsburg and a master's degree from the Catholic University of America.

During a lengthy career as an elementary school teacher and principal, she taught at St. Anthony School in Gardenville from 1939 to 1956 and at the Shrine of the Little Flower School, in Belair-Edison, in the 1960s.

Sister Marie also held teaching posts in Silver Spring, Charleston, S.C., and Orlando, Fla., among other places.

In 1999, she moved to Assisi House in Aston, Pennsylvania, where she remained until her death.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday in Aston.

Sister Marie is survived by a brother, John Culhane of Ireland; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

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