GREAT BEND — Sister Rosalia Govert, 100, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters’ convent infirmary, Great Bend.
Born Sept. 28, 1915 in Willowdale, Kansas, as Pauline Mary Govert, Sister Rosalia was the daughter of the late Joseph and Rosena Greiving Govert. She entered the Dominican Sisters’ Community July 13, 1930, and pronounced her first vows August 17, 1933. She celebrated eighty years of religious profession in 2013.
Sister Rosalia ministered most of her life as a teacher, and sometimes also as the principal of grades 1-8 in parochial elementary schools of Kansas — more than 35 years in all. After her studies to become a cosmetologist she served her Sisters at the motherhouse as the beautician. She was receptionist at the Art of Learning Center in Wichita and volunteer receptionist at Central Kansas Medical Center. In 1995, she retired at the motherhouse where she continued to beautify the house and dining room with her artistic flower arrangements and table decorations.
Sister Rosalia is survived by her Dominican Sisters Community and two brothers, Joseph, Tribune; Julius, Cunningham; and a sister, Rosella, Midland Texas.
Sister Rosalia’s body will be brought to the hospitality area of the Dominican Chapel of the Plains, 3600 Broadway, Great Bend, at 3:30 p.m. Monday, where it will lie in state until the Liturgy of Christian Burial at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. Don Bedore presiding. A wake service is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery. Both the wake and the funeral will be held at the convent.
Memorials in honor of Sister Rosalia may be sent to: Dominican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Dr, Columbus, OH, 43219-2098 or sent securely on oppeace.org.
Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call at the convent from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday.
Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
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1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS, 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Oct. 18, 2015