Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

May 1, 2013

Sister Janet Brosnan, 79


The Herald-Tribune

— Sister Janet Brosnan, formerly Sister Terrence, 79, of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the convent.

Born June 17, 1933, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Margaret (Wagner) and Joseph Brosnan.

She entered the convent Sept. 8, 1951, and made her final vows Aug. 12, 1957. Sister Jan was an elementary teacher in the first half of her working career. Indiana schools she taught at included St. Andrew’s, Richmond; St. Mary’s, New Albany; St. Vincent’s, Vincennes; and Holy Trinity, Indianapolis. Ohio schools were St. Ann’s, Hamilton; St. Leo’s, St. Pius and St. Francis, Cincinnati; and Our Lady of Mercy, Dayton.

In 1976, Sister Jan moved to hospital ministry, where she served as chaplain for Providence, Bethesda, Holmes and University hospitals, Cincinnati, in addition to serving as director of Cincinnati’s Kemper Halfway House. At Sacred Heart Hospital and church, Fairfield, Ohio, she was hospital chaplain and church parish minister. Illness forced her to retire in 2012.

She is survived by sisters Mary Jane Owens, Joanne Hutchinson and Donna Monahan, Indianapolis, and Marge Rieser, Avon; brothers Dan Brosnan, Shoals, and Joe Brosnan, Freedom; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation is Friday, May 3, from 1-3 p.m. followed by funeral services officiated by the Revs. Hans Gruenbauer and Carl Hawver, O.F.M., at the Motherhouse chapel. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis. Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.