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The former Stella (Stanislaus) Pylilo, one of seven children, attended Sts. Cyril and Methodius School in Brooklyn where she was taught by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.
Young Stella joined the CSFNs in 1928 at Torresdale, Philadelphia, and professed her final vows as Sr. M. Rosaline in 1938.
During her 33 years of teaching, Sr. Rosaline taught at elementary and high schools in Philadelphia, as well as in Paterson,NJ; Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens, NY; Connecticut, and Massachusetts. She was among the first group of CSFNs who staffed Little Flower Home for Children in Wading River, NY.
She held bachelor and masters degrees in English from Manhattan College in New York; she also did graduate study at Pius X School of Liturgical Music.
Considered a gifted teacher by her peers, her students and their parents, Sr. Rosaline also was known for her talents in music, in art and as a seamstress. Following throat surgery in the early 1970s, Sr. Rosaline lost her voice; she could no longer share her singing with sisters and students, and eventually, she left the classroom settings she loved.
Now she turned her efforts to fundraising for the community, particularly through the long-time Lawn Festival at Monroe, CT. Recognizing her great regard for all those she met, the CSFN Generalate in Rome invited her to serve as a hostess there from 1978-82.
Sr. Rosaline loved to travel; she and Sr. Consolata, one of Rosaline’s younger sisters, traveled all over the U.S. to visit family. Impairment of her hearing and vision led to her early retirement in Monroe, CT, where she died quietly the morning of March 12.