Sister Rose Catherine was born to Nicholas and Katherine (Hackman) Kuehner on Dec. 18, 1913, in St. Lucas, Iowa. She entered St. Rose Convent in 1937. Sister Rose Catherine served as a homemaker in convent homes in Idaho, Iowa, and Wisconsin, for 51 years including 14 years in the kitchen and bakery at Villa St. Joseph. During several summers she worked with the poor through the Shared Horizons Program sponsored by FSPA. In 1991, Sister Rose Catherine retired at St. Rose Convent, volunteering in the kitchen and bakery until 1995. She made the Villa her home in 2006.
Sister Rose Catherine is survived by her Franciscan community; one sister-in-law, Rita Kuehner, St. Lucas, Iowa; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, William, Carl and Leonard; and six sisters, Teresa, Elizabeth, Anna, Josephine, Sister Nicolette and Sister Cyrene.
Friends may call after 3:15 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2013, at St. Rose Convent. A prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, in the chapel. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery on Losey Boulevard, La Crosse.
Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, Wis., 54601-4782.
Blaschke Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.