Sister of St. Joseph Rosalma Hayes, 89, died at the congregation’s
motherhouse on Aug. 19, 2003.
Sister Hayes was a member of the order for 74 years, having entered
in 1929 from her home parish of St. Mary’s in Elmira not long after her
15th birthday. She received her bachelor’s degree from Nazareth College
and her master’s in Spanish from Western Reserve University.
Following teaching assignments at Nazareth Academy (1931-41) and
DeSales High School in Geneva (1941-50), she was principal of St. Agnes
High School until 1960. She then was dean of residents and Spanish
instructor at Nazareth College for four years.
In 1964 she founded the Sisters of St. Joseph Mission in Brazil. She
was elected to congregational leadership in 1969, following which she
was engaged in special project research and writing for 20 years.
Sister Hayes is survived by her sister, Regina Baglin of Florida;
her cousin, Father Bart O’Brien; nieces and nephews; and her sisters in
Her funeral liturgy was celebrated Aug. 21 in the motherhouse chapel
with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may
be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 150 French Road, Rochester, NY