Dominican Sister of Peace Rosalyn (Mildred) Seda (96), died on March 1, 2020, at the Lourdes Senior Community in Waterford Township, MI.
Sister Rosalyn was born to Marie Ovesny and Frank Seda in Carnegie, PA, in 1923. After her father’s death and her mother’s remarriage, the family moved to Michigan, where young Mildred first came to know our Sisters. Sr. Rosalyn entered the Congregation in 1939, and served her community and the people of God for nearly 80 years.
Sister Rosalyn began her ministry by preparing meals and performing domestic tasks in convents in Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania. She enjoyed baking and preparing special desserts because her “aim was to make people happy and see them enjoy their meals.”
In 1961, Sister Rosalyn was sent to cook at Menscola Convalescent Home in Pontiac, MI. When our Oxford, MI, Sisters opened the Lourdes Nursing Home in 1965, Sister Rosalyn accompanied those residents to their new home and was given the task of managing the Dietary Department as the Food Service Director.
In her zeal to serve the residents of Lourdes, Sister Rosalyn took courses in Food Service Supervision and earned certification as a member of the Hospital Institution and Education of Managers Association. She ministered in the Food Service Department at Lourdes for twenty-three years before becoming a care-giver at Saint Jude Foster Home in Detroit, MI. She continued to volunteer at Saint Jude’s until she entered a ministry of prayer and service at the Oxford, MI, Motherhouse.
Sr. Rosalyn entered her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Lourdes Senior Community in 2019.
According to her personal annals, one of Sr. Rosalyn’s great joys was attending weekly Scripture Study sessions so that she could explore God’s word with others. She never lost her desire to get to know Jesus better.
Visitation and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on March 6 at the Lourdes Chapel of the Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, in Waterford, MI. Sr. Rosalyn will be interred at Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery in Oxford, MI, at a later date.
Memorial gifts in Sr. Rosalyn’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.
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