COLORADO SPRINGS. Sister of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration M. Charlene (Rosemary) Stuczyniski Oct. 30 at age 90 as a result of complications from COVID-19. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Colorado Springs, followed by burial at Mount St. Francis Cemetery.
Sister Charlene was born on Oct. 15, 1930, in Omaha, Nebraska to Karl and Mary (Nowaczyk) Stuczyniski. She was the seventh of nine children.
She entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration on Aug. 12, 1947, professing her final vows on Aug. 12, 1954.
Sister Charlene was an elementary and intermediate-school teacher from 1948–1999 at schools in Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico and Kansas, while serving as the organist in these assignments.
Sister Charlene was organist at the order’s motherhouse for five years, from 1961-65, and again in 1967. During this ministry she was also choir directress for the novices, postulants and aspirants and a teacher of piano and organ.
A fond memory for Sister Charlene took place on Oct. 5, 1979, when she saw St. Pope John Paul II in Chicago, Illinois. This visit was most tender and memorable, as her parents, Karl and Mary, were born in Poland.
Sister Charlene became a resident at the Mt. St. Francis Nursing Center in 2016. During this time and prior to her being a resident, Sister Charlene was organist at the nursing center, playing for liturgies and Memorial Services. She is survived by her brother Joe, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.