A memorial Mass for Sister Adele Marie Rothan, CSJ, a retired educator, was celebrated July 15 at Nazareth Living Center in south St. Louis County.
Sister Adele Marie, 75, died July 6 at Nazareth of Parkinson’s disease. Born in Peoria, Ill., she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1961 and made her final profession in 1969.
At an early age she learned to play the piano and organ. Because of her talent, even in grade school, she was summoned almost daily to play for Mass in her parish. She excelled in math and science and chose to enter the convent instead of taking a scholarship to study electrical engineering at Saint Louis University. She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and music from Fontbonne College (now university) in 1969, a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois Champaign in 1971 and a doctorate in mathematical statistics/computer science from the University of Montana in 1982.
Sister Adele Marie taught in the archdiocese in the late 1960s at St. Mary Magdalen School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Florissant and from 1971-82 at Fontbonne.
Sister Adele Marie later taught at Avila College in Kansas City, Mo., the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., and the University of Montana in Missoula. She retired to St. Paul in 2012 and began doing volunteer work. In 2013 she came to the St. Joseph Provincial House in St. Louis as an archival aide. She moved to Nazareth Living Center in 2018.
Survivors include two sisters, Charlene Glore of Morton, Ill., and Barbara Hammond of Coconut, Fla. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery