Sr. Rose Marie Kramer joined Magnificat in its early years and, through her work with theater including the Drama Club, Speech Meets, and One Act play competitions, began laying the foundation for an outstanding theater program for the school. She directed numerous plays and other productions during her time at Magnificat, including Pygmalion, The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. During her six years at Magnificat, she taught biology, English, and religion, while also serving as the moderator for both speech and dramatics.
Sr. Rose Marie received her bachelor’s degree from Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from Manhattanville College in New York. She began her education ministry as a teacher at St. John High School in Ashtabula before coming to Magnificat.
In 1967, she left Magnificat to serve as the Directress of the Juniorate for sisters in temporary vows at Lourdes Education Center in Cleveland. While there, she challenged the sisters to present an annual play, all of which included Magnificat High School graduates who had entered the H.M. Community.
Sister Rose Marie returned to Magnificat as a teacher from 1973-1977 and continued to share her love of theater with the students.
In her nomination, Karen Walsh, class of 1965, said, “Sr. Rose Marie made theater a wonderful learning experience filled with hard work, laughter, teamwork, opening night jitters calmed by a prayer before the curtain rose, and pride in accomplishment for actors and stage crew alike when the last curtain came down.”