In Memoriam

Sister Rosemarie Kieffer, OP


May we go forth together as prophets and friends of God.  

Sister Rosemarie Kieffer, known also as Sister Mary Valentine, was born on February 24, 1941, in Chicago. She was one of five children born to Valentine and Mary (Maggs) Kieffer. Her four siblings were Philip, Anthony, Lauretta and Grace.  

Sister Rosemarie received her elementary education at St. Columbanus and Our Lady of Peace schools. It was during her senior year at Aquinas High School that she seriously considered her vocation. She wrote the following about her family and her vocation.

I am Catholic to the core. My Dad’s three brothers were priests and he studied to be a priest. We were the family that prayed together (the rosary) and stayed together. I considered becoming a religious for several years and after attending the Reception in Adrian last December [1958] I have become more determined than ever that I would like to become an Adrian Dominican.

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Avatar  Mark Gibson 4 years agoReply

I had sister Valentine for 2nd, 5th & 6th grades at St John Bosco one of the most influential teachers in my life even including undergrad and grad school. Very patient in her teaching style fostering self confidence in ourselves. Always seemed even tempered.

So surprising to learn that she was only 22 and 26/27 years old when she taught us she seemed so much wiser than those years would presume. Wished i would have made the time to have sought her out in later life......

Avatar  Brother Thomas Zerafa OFM III 6 years agoReply

I remember Sr. Valentine as my one of my teachers at St. Gabriel School when I was in 6th grade. Sister taught the combination 5th/6th grade class.
She was only stationed there one year and was moved to St. John Bosco School in Redford in 1962. We later caught up at Our Lady Gate of Heaven
when I was filling in for the Organist there some 25 years later.

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