Sister Marie Jose' Rhodes
Sister Marie Jose' Rhodes Sister Jo was born on September 12, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio and given the name Donna Rhodes. In 1945, her parents and siblings moved to Tucson, AZ. Here, after a brief struggle with ALS, Sister passed the portals of death on March 5, 2009. She is preceded in death by her parents, Estelle and Robert Rhodes and her brother, Jim Rhodes. In 1945, her parents and siblings moved to Tucson, AZ. Sister Jo entered the Sisters of Charity in 1951 and then joined sisters For Christian Community in 1988. Through both communities, she has dedicated her life to the mission of Jesus through the unconditional loving of others. She has worked across the U.S. in schools, parishes, and private homes. She is remembered as a teacher, a confidant, a spiritual guide, a health care provider, a farmhand, a beadworker, a business manager, a carpenter and a friend. She is survived by three sisters: Shirley Paulus and husband Ray, Mary Jane Simmons, Mary Catherine Miller; three brothers, Dusty Rhodes and wife Annette, Ron Rhodes and wife Sherrie, and Lou Rhodes and wife Mary. The family extends further to nieces and nephews and grand and great-grandnieces and nephews. All who have been touched by Sister Jo will remember her ever expanding heart. A Rosary, Songs, Prayers and Scripture will be shared on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. in the Angel Valley Funeral Home, 2545 N. Tucson Blvd. In lieu of flowers and in honor of Sister Jo's life, donations may be made to: ALS Association, AZ. Chapter, 4643 E. Thomas Rd. Suite #1, Phoenix, AZ 85018 Arrangements have been entrsuted to ANGEL VALLEY FUNERAL HOME 327-6341
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Published by Arizona Daily Star on Mar. 7, 2009.
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I am so sorry that I did not have the opportunity to meet Sister Jo, but it sounds like she was a wonderful woman. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Joyce Vyriotes, MDA
March 19, 2009
Sr Jo will be missed by the Sisters of Christian Community who knew her and enjoyed her generous spirit. We join you in your loss of this family member even as we rejoice that Jo has begun the true fullness of her existence.
Fran Campbell, sfcc
March 10, 2009
Please accept my sympathy on the death of Sister Marie Jose. She was a special person and lived a dedicated life. It was a real pleasure to have the opportunity to be with her at the celebration in Tucson. My prayers are with all of you.
Sister Louise Grundish, SC
March 9, 2009
Mass for Sr. Mary Jo from Sisters for Christian Community will be offered 3/17 at Holy Redeemer, McRae, GA at noon.Our love and prayer are with you. Srs. Lucy Comer & Marion Hicks, International communications Coordinators. SFCC
Sister Lucy Comer
March 9, 2009
My sympathy to Sr. Marie Jose' family. She was a very special person and modeled her love for Our Lord constantlly.
Sr. Catherine Meinert
March 9, 2009
May she rest in eternal peace. Sister Jose taught me at St. Johns
the Evangelist in 1976-1977 in Tucson, Arizona. My life has been blest by having her share a role in it.
May we do her honor by sharing
and living according to Jesus Christ.
Monica Munoz
March 8, 2009
Dear Shirley, Ray and family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I taught with Sr. Marie Jose in 1967.
Sr. Ann Patrick Adams
March 8, 2009
Dear Family and Friends of Mary Jo Rhodes,Sfcc.
I had the joy of meeting this very special, loving sister only 2 times. On both occasions I was very impressed by her charisma and how she talked about what she was doing. May she forever enjoy Peace, Enfolded in Christ-Love and Perpetual Happiness.
To her family & friends, Thank You, for helping us know her and
for sharing her with us. What a gift to our world.
Maria Dowhaniuk Sfcc.
March 7, 2009
I thank God for the Blessings that Mary Jo brought to all she touched. May we now rejoice with her and ask her to help us.
Laurine Murtagh, SFCC
March 7, 2009
Sincere sympathy to family of Sr. Jo Rhodes. She was a beloved member of the Sisters For Christian Community, and will be remembered in our prayers for years to come. Her legacy must make all of you every proud.
Sr. Rita Yeasted
March 7, 2009
To my loving Sister. We were always apart but always together. I will miss her dearly. We had many youthful memories on the Farm. She loved to help the less fortunate in our society. We loved you. Annette and Dusty Rhodes
Robert L Rhodes
March 7, 2009
I will miss my "birthday twin". Sister Jo brought great joy into my life and she will be truly missed...a very special lady.
Sherrie Easter
March 7, 2009
It's rare for me to become attached to a person so quickly. I will miss her more than I can possibly put into words. She will always have aplace in my heart. May she always have fair winds and following seas.
Stanley Dougall
March 7, 2009
Dear Shirley and Ray,
I am sorry to hear of Sister Jo's death but we know she is rejoicing in her new home. I will be praying for the whole family to be comforted by God's love and your many friends.
Love, Millie Ellis-Deal & Lyvon Deal
Millie Ellis-Deal
March 7, 2009