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Sister Rosemary Sullivan, RSM

Sister Rosemary Sullivan, RSM – in Burlingame, CA, on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at the age of 90. Jean Sullivan was born in San Francisco, the second child of the four children of Russell Sullivan and Winifred (Henderson). Growing up in the Mission District in San Francisco, she attended St. Peter's High School, staffed by the Sisters of Mercy. Upon graduation from high school in 1945, Jean entered the Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame, where she professed vows in 1948, taking the religious name of Sister Rosemary. She began her ministerial life teaching in elementary education at St Catherine's School, Burlingame, St. Aloysius School, Los Angeles and St. Peter's School, San Francisco. In 1953 Sister moved to secondary education as a science teacher at Mercy High School, Burlingame, where she taught for the next thirteen years. Her educational background included a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dominican College, San Rafael, a Master of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, and a Doctorate in microbiology, from Notre Dame in 1970. After receiving her doctoral degree, she returned to Burlingame where she served as dean and faculty member for the Mercy- sponsored Russell College. This assignment was cut short in 1971 when she was elected to serve on the leadership team of the Burlingame Sisters of Mercy. In 1974 Sister was elected Superior General, a position she completed in 1981. After these years in community leadership, Sister served in various administrative positions, including service in sponsored educational and health care ministries, and as secretary to the sisters' leadership team. In 1993 Sister Rosemary became assistant to the principal at Mercy High School, San Francisco, where she served until 2015. She responded generously to every ministry where she was called to serve, and will be remembered as a devoted, quiet leader, and a gentle presence in the community. Sister Rosemary was predeceased by an older brother, Russell Sullivan, Jr. She is survived by her sisters Shirley Buswell of Bend, Oregon, and Hazel Butticci, of Concord, California, several nieces, nephews and cousins, and her loving community of the Sisters of Mercy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Mercy Convent Chapel, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 5, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 26 to Jan. 28, 2018.
Mass of Christian Burial
10:30 AM
Holy Cross Cemetery
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February 11, 2018
Sr. Rosemary was by far one of the best people and teacher I EVER HAD. She was so gentle and loving, while at the same time being so very smart!

I and the world are so much better for having her in it!! God bless you, Sr. Rosemary!!

Kathy Laine Belton Harville
February 10, 2018
I used to bike to work.
What an admirable life in service and in leadership Sister Rosemary had. I taught at Mercy High, SF, for 23 years, retiring in 2002. Several years before, Mercy had gone from a student body of 900 down to about 400. Our enrollment suffered along of our sister institutions, several had to close. I always give the majority of credit to Sister Rosemary for how resilient and successful Mercy High proved to be in San Francisco's changing demography. Sister Rosemary inspired confidence and hope for the future despite the attrition in student body size. The faculty and the incredibly excellent curriculum were saved from a closure. We were supported so strongly by Sister Rosemary.

My sincere condolences to all Sister Rosemary's family and to all the sisters of Mercy. I am filled with warm memories of great times working for Mercy, SF.
Ed Stering
February 5, 2018
I was so fond of Sister Rosemary, because of her great kindness. She taught me at Mercy High, Burlingame, during my years there - 1958-62. She will always be remembered by me. With love, Connie Yerbury Michaeloff
Connie Yerbury Michaeloff
February 3, 2018
Sr. Rosemary was unique: gentle, always friendly, extremely talented, yet very humble. she is now receiving her well-deserved "award' in Heaven.
Esther Mc Egan, RSM
February 2, 2018
Sr. Rosemary was an outstanding teacher and a warm, wonderfully gifted individual. She made learning come alive in her classrooms and labs. I will never forget her, and she will remain in my heart and prayers forever.
Marion Coduto Patzem
February 2, 2018
Sister Rosemary Sullivan aka Jean Dolores Sullivan was a loving
beautiful Sister of mercy , She was my 6th grade Teacher at St. Aloysius School Los Angeles, Calif . It was Sister Rosemary's
first class we gave her hell but she made us all better people in life
We were all very poor children , I came from poverty and broken family because of Sistery Rosemary I became a very successful business man a true christian married 60year to Gloria we have
4 College educated children and 13 grandchildren We are all better Catholic's because of Sister Rosemary , I kept close all
these 70 years We will all miss her , Gloria and I loved her so
much this would embarrise as people who know her would know
God Bless Her
Raymond Petty
February 2, 2018
Raymond Petty
January 31, 2018
Dear Family and Friends,

Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort, peace and hope in the weeks and months ahead. 1 Cor. 1:3-4 and 1 Cor. 15:26.
M. Greene
January 31, 2018
The Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame are in my thoughts and prayers at is time of loss. God Bless!
Emily Devine rsm
January 29, 2018
I thank God for Sister Rosemary, who taught me in First Grade and later at Mercy High School. She kept me from being expelled! She also remembered me when I came for our 50th reunion. She even remembered my sisters and cousins! She was a loving and gracious witness of Christ's love. I will look forward to seeing her in heaven.
Liz Emrey
January 29, 2018
What Sr. Rosemary is meant to be, she has become. She was a beloved teacher and mentor.
Johna Maychrowitz
January 29, 2018
Sister Rosemary had a huge impact on me as a student at Mercy.

She was a super smart very talented teacher and made Biology come alive for me.

Most importantly, she was kind and loving to each of her students.

She brought out the best in the Class of '65!

We all loved her very much!
Mary Schwedhelm
January 29, 2018
Sister Rosemary was a kind and loving presence at Mercy Burlingame during the 1960's. May she rest in peace.
January 28, 2018
Sister Rosemary was my biology teacher at Mercy High in Burlingame. She was a favorite.
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