Sister Rose McBreen, CSJ

August 27, 1917 - September 25, 2021

08/27/1917 - 09/25/2021

Past Services

Wednesday September 29, 2021
Mt. Calvary Cemetery-Wheeling
1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 242-0460 | Directions
Wednesday September 29, 2021
10:00 am
Mount Saint Joseph
137 Mount Saint Joseph Road
Wheeling, WV 26003

Sister Rose McBreen CSJ, (104) died a peaceful death at Mount St. Joseph in Wheeling on Saturday, September 25, 2021.She is preceded in death by her parents, Cornelius and Anna (Brady) McBreen, her brothers, Cornelius and Joseph McBreen, and her sister Anne Simpkins She is survived by a sister, Rose Marie Cunningham of Pleasantville, NJ, several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Born Gretchen Cecilia McBreen, of Epiphany Parish in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sr. Rose entered the Congregation at St. Joseph in Wheeling on January 6, 1941. Upon reception into the novitiate, she became known as Sister Rose Immaculate, a name she shortened in the late 1960s to simply Rose. Sister received a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was certified to teach biology, art, and home economics. Later she received a Master of Science in Education degree from Duquesne University. She also studied art at the University of Hawaii, Temple University and at Catholic University in Washington, DC, for a full year – living on campus.
As a teacher, Sister Rose ministered at Corpus Christi and Blessed Martin Grade Schools, St. Joseph Academy, and Central Catholic High School in Wheeling; Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg; Fairmont Catholic High School; and St. Joseph High School in Huntington. From 1984-2003, she participated in social ministry to women in need by her endeavors at Madonna House and the Sisters of St. Joseph House of Hospitality in East Wheeling.
Sister Rose retired to Mount St. Joseph in 2004, where she lived until her death She brought a lot of joy to her sisters and staff. She was quick to smile, loved to sing and enjoyed celebrating with others. Sr. Rose had deep compassion for people who are homeless and children in need. Sr. Rose enjoyed art and left a lovely collection of original paintings. Due to continued pandemic restrictions, the vigil service will be available via Zoom on Tuesday, September 28 at 4 pm eastern time. Those interested in attending, please email Rose Mathes at The funeral liturgy will be livestreamed on Wednesday, September 29 at 10 am eastern time. Online condolences and a link for the livestream are available by visiting Sister’s obituary at .

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8 months ago

Dear Sister, I just happened upon this or I would have reached out a long time again. This is Karen Daniels (Wheeling Central Grad daughter of Dorothy Jackson, Blessed Martin Grad. Thank you for the blessings and lessons that you passed on to us. You are priceless. Karen Y. Daniels CCHS class of 1977.

Mary Anne Ellifritz
2 years ago

Sister Rose was a lovely woman and I wouldn’t be a mother today if not for her and Sister Hildegarde and Madonna House. She had the sweetest smile and radiated kindness. My condolences to her family and to the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Joan Carrigan
2 years ago

Sr. Rose was my 2nd grade teacher at the Cathedral in 1944. Sr. taught my daughter Kathleen at Wheeling Central in 1978-Biology. Kate says that Sr. gave her the Biology award that year. Kate thinks Sister thought she tried and felt sorry for her. .Sr. Rose was an excellent teacher and one you remembered.