Sister Ruth Roland was co-founder of Catholic Eldercare

| October 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Ruth Roland, who once served in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, died on Oct. 12. She was 91. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in Sinsinawa, Wis. on Oct. 18.

Sister Ruth, whose religious name was Sister Estevan, was the co-founder of Catholic Eldercare in Minneapolis and served there for 27 years. She also served in ministry in five other states — Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado and Washington.

She served on the board of directors of the Catholic Bulletin, the predecessor of The Catholic Spirit, and for a time in the early 1990s wrote a regular seniors column titled “Ask Sister Ruth.”

She was born in Illinois in 1922 and made her first profession to the Sinsinawa Dominicans in 1941. She shared life with the sisters of the order for 72 years.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, Wis., 53824-9701 or online at by clicking on “Donate Now,” then “Honor and Memorial Gift.”

Repeat broadcasts of the wake and funeral for Sister Ruth are available online at Click on the “on demand” tab.


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