Sister Delrose Ricke

June 8, 1934-June 4, 2020

Sister Delrose Ricke, age 85, died Thursday, June 4, 2020 at the Franciscan Health in Indianapolis, IN.

Funeral services and burial will be held at the mother house convent of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in Mishawaka, IN on Monday, June 8, 2020 which would have been her 86th birthday.

Florence Delrose Ricke was born to Leo Ricke and Prima Siemer Ricke of Morgan, MN on June 8, 1934, which happened to be her parents’ 8th wedding anniversary.

Delrose grew up on the family farm two miles east of Morgan. In 1939, she began country school with her older brother Edward for two years. In 1941, she and Edward along with younger sister Esther began town school at St. Michael’s Catholic School through the 8th grade. Junior and Senior High School was completed at Morgan Public School.

After graduating Morgan High School in 1951, she followed in the footsteps of her great-aunt and mentor Sr. Prima (Johanna) Tretter into the Franciscan Sisters of the Holy Family of Dubuque, Iowa; the name given her during that time was Sr. Misael. During her novitiate, she attended Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, IA to earn her BA in Education. Sr. Delrose worked as a grade school teacher. She then attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA to earn a Master’s in Education Administration. She served as principal for ten years for schools such as Pocahontas, Iowa.

In the last year of her mother’s life, Sr. Delrose gave loving service and care until her mother’s death on May 27, 1986.

Sr. Delrose was a member of several convent communities during her lifetime such as The Franciscan Sisters of Christ the Divine Teacher in Davenport, IA and another community in Necedah, WI.

On August 11, 1999 she joined the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration (SSFPA) in Mishawaka, IN. She served her final years as administrative assistant to the community provincial.

Sr. Delrose was preceded in death by her parents and brother Edward. She is survived by her sister Esther, five nieces, one nephew, four great-nephews and four great-nieces and her Franciscan community members.

Our beloved Sr. Delrose will be remembered as having lived an exemplary life of dedicated service to others and devotion to God.


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