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Age and Wisdom: Sister Rose Troy Is Retiring

by Elizabeth Cooper, Utica Observer Dispatch, June 2, 2012

Sister Rose Troy has been helping families cope with death for almost three decades. 

And though she is retiring from that role, the 71-year-old Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet plans to find ways to continue her work from her new home at her order’s provincial house in Latham.
She is leaving the work she loves because she has Parkinson’s disease.
“Otherwise, I would just keep going,” she said.
Recently, Sister Rose spoke eloquently about why easing families’ pain was her passion.
“It’s being able to work with people who have been devastated by a death, and when that happens they have no idea how that affects every part of their lives, emotionally, physically and spiritually,” she said.
Sister Rose first started working with the bereaved in 1983 when she came to St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford to work as a pastoral associate.
Among the many things she did at St. John’s was leading a support group for bereaved parents.
“I saw the need for other areas of grief counseling and created other support groups, too,” she said.
She started groups for people who lost loved ones to suicide, widows and widowers, and facilitated six-week bereavement sessions for anyone who had experienced a death.
Read the complete article in The Utica Observer Dispatch.

Sister Rose Troy at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home in New Hartford, NY