5/28/2022 1:04:00 PM Memorial Mass for Shirley Rowley June 3 in Rosemont
Shirley Rowley, 75, died unexpectedly on May 12, 2022 at her home in Apple Valley, just two days before her 22-year-old nephew, Caleb Rowley's memorial service. Born on Feb 12, 1947. Shirley was the second child of fourth generation "homesteader residents" of Olmsted County, Margaret Evelyn (Dahlke) and Demond Rowley of rural Rochester. She went to Judge School until the fifth grade, then graduated from Stewartville High School in 1965 and joined the St. Francis of Assisi convent in Rochester. Leaving the convent before taking her final vows, she began pursuing her post-secondary studies first at Mankato State and then completing her degree at Winona State. She then taught at St. John's Catholic School in Rochester for several years. Shirley continued her higher education at St. Louis University where she earned her master's degree in pastoral education and went on to do pastoral care ministry in Farmington for 26 years. Following her time there she moved to St. Joseph's Parish in Rosemount, serving as a pastoral minister in outreach for 11 years. Shirley received the Mary Mulheron Award from the Association of Pastoral Ministers in 2005. Shirley always stayed close to the Sisters and became a Sojourner. She received great joy from giving. High points in her life include working with President Jimmy Carter in the Twin Cities "Habitat for Humanity" program and with Mother Teresa in St. Louis, Missouri. In her active years, she enjoyed Boundary Waters hiking, rock climbing, biking, kayaking, and swimming. Shirley is survived by her sister, Rose Olmsted of Albert Lea; two brothers, Ed (Jan) Rowley of Rochester and Bill Rowley of Stewartville; niece and nephews, Kristina Rowley-Hollermann, Paul Rowley, Matthew Rowley, God child-Benjamin Rowley, Richard Rowley, and James Rowley. She was preceded in death by her parents; her youngest brother, Demond 'Mike' Rowley; and nephew, Caleb Rowley. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, June 3 at from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 13900 Biscayne Ave West, Rosemount, MN 55068. DONATE: Anatomy Bequest to U of M for medical research.