Aston, Penn. — Franciscan Sister Nadine Rose Bennett (formerly Sister Agnes St. Rose), 97, died in Assisi House on July 21, 2022. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 78 years. Sister Nadine was born in Baker City, where she was a member of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral Parish and a graduate of St. Francis Academy. She entered the congregation in 1941 and professed her first vows in 1944. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Holy Names College in Spokane. She served primarily in education and administration.

During her 10 years in the Archdiocese of Portland, Sister Nadine assisted in establishing and ministered as coordinator of the Franciscan Renewal Center. She served as principal of Blessed Sacrament School and taught at St. John Fisher School. She also served for one year at Our Lady of Angels Convent.

Sister Nadine spent eight years in the Baker Diocese teaching at Sacred Heart Academy in Klamath Falls. She also spent seven years in the Spokane Diocese in childcare at St. Joseph Children’s Home and two years at Upjohn Home Health as a companion/aide. In addition, she taught for three years at St. Charles School.

Sister Nadine ministered for 38 years in the Archdiocese of Seattle. She taught at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Seattle, and at St. Leo School, Tacoma. For 13 years she worked as medical information clerk and later in eldercare and home care for St. Joseph Hospital, Tacoma. She served as a driver for her fellow sisters at both St. Ann Convent and Olympus House in Tacoma. In 2009 she moved to St. Ann Convent in Tacoma, where she served in prayer and hospitality. In 2018 she moved to Assisi House in Aston, Pennsylvania, where she served in prayer and hospitality until her death.

Additional ministry included two years in the San Bernardino Diocese, where she taught at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Riverside; two years in the San Diego Diocese at Our Lady of Guadalupe School as vice principal; three years in the Oakland Diocese at St. Isadore School in Danville; and one year in the Fresno Diocese teaching at St. John School in Wasco.

All services will be held in Assisi House Wednesday, July 27. Viewing at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment of Ashes will be in Calvary Cemetery, Tacoma, Washington. Services will be livestreamed.

Sister Nadine is survived by her many nieces and nephews and her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.