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Sister Rosina Panning dies at 93


02/17/2017 | Comments

DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio. Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Rosina Panning died Feb. 5 at age 93 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 10 in the motherhouse chapel. Burial followed in the Sisters of Charity cemetery.

Sister Rosina was born Mary Elizabeth Panning on June 15, 1923, to Edwin and Bertha (Grower) Panning in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the oldest of six children. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 72 years, receiving the name Sister Rosina prior to entering the novitiate.

Sister Rosina attended St. Paul School in Cincinnati and St. Xavier Commercial. After three years in the business world, she entered the Sisters of Charity in 1944.

Sister Rosina earned a bachelor of science in education from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1961 and later a master’s in education from St. Mary College in Xavier, Kansas, in 1967. She served as teacher and principal

at many Catholic elementary schools, including Divine Redeemer in Colorado Springs from 1956-1964.

In 1989, Sister Rosina begain working in the Sister of Charity insurance office. Her responsibilities included contacting doctors, hospitals and insurers to see that all forms were correctly coded and that remittances were paid to the proper health care providers. She continued to serve there until 2009, providing 20 years of steady assistance.

Sister Rosina moved to the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse in 2001. She moved to Mother Margaret Hall in 2012, where she continued to enjoy watching the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, listening to good music and viewing reruns of the TV series “I Love Lucy”.

Sister Rosina appreciated sharing her Sister of Charity life with her blood sister, Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Ruth Ann Panning; they enjoyed being a ‘family within a family’. They especially enjoyed sharing the richness of each other’s ministry and the family closeness and looked forward to the annual family reunions in Regina Hall. 

Sister Rosina is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters: Sister Ruth Ann Panning, Virginia Niessen, Martha Haap and Doroty Metzer and brother, John Panning.


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