In Memoriam

Sister Rosalie (David Miriam) Bulanda, OP

Sister Rosalie Bulanda, also known as Sister David Miriam(1940 - 2023)

I have been most fortunate throughout my religious life to have been supported by a loving community. In community I have found a bond so strong that I cannot imagine living without it … When I appear near the throne of God, I will, in spirit, take all of you with me.
Sister Rosalie Bulanda, whose autobiography ends with this paragraph, first became part of the wider Adrian Dominican community as a prep student at the age of fourteen. When she died on March 27, 2023, she was in her sixty-sixth year as an Adrian Dominican Sister.
Born Rosalie Ann Sytar, she entered the world on March 19, 1940, in Aurora, Illinois. Her parents, Michael and Dolores (Senneke) Sytar, divorced soon after she was born, and her maternal grandparents became her legal guardians.

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Avatar  Barb Blank 8 months agoReply

I was also a student of Sister David Miriam, as a 6th grader at Blessed Sacrament School in Toledo, OH, 1961-1962. I remember her as strict teacher, challenging with activities in class, could really swing a bat during recess, and brought the girls in our class to the Dominican Motherhouse for a tour one day. To read her obit now and learn that this fearsome at times, most memorable teacher was only 22 years old at the time is remarkable. Interestingly, I worked at Mercy Hospital as a medical transcriptionist in 1972 when Sister entered nursing school there to obtain her RN degree - and happen to know that she was president of her nursing class (why am I not surprised). A parishioner hosted a graduation party for her -- she was very well liked and respected. When I found her page on Facebook just recently, I noted she has the same birthday as a now-deceased Notre Dame nun-aunt of mine - and having attended Sister Rosalie's visitation last night and learning her life story and her connection to an SND sister in choosing part of her religious name, there truly are no coincidences that Sr. Rosalie was part of my life, and that I was nudged to make the trip to attend last evening's service for her. Rest in peace, Sister, now face to face with the Lord and God to Whom you have dedicated your life.

Avatar  David Printki 8 months agoReply

In Toledo , as a student of Sr. David Miriam , I was educated under a blanket of attention , respect and borderline fear .
I was one of many who benefitted because of that combination . She cast a giant shadow in the playground , as well as the classroom . Both the boys and the girls marveled at her softball skill . As an Altar Boy under her watch , I learned more Latin than I thought possible . About 5 years ago , Sr. Rosalie returned to our grade school for a meet-and-greet . Throughout the years , as classmates would share stories about Sister , she rose to almost mythical proportions . So I was surprised to find a woman who neither over 6 feet tall nor over 100 years old ! To think that she was only 21 when she was reigning over a classroom of 45+ students --- only 11 years her junior --- stunned me . We talked that day and discovered a similar interest in college basketball , and although her poor taste in teams was diametrically opposed to mine ( LOL ), we would talk , text and tease each other over the past seasons. Sister , I will miss you ------- and THANKS !!!!!!

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