Sister Carolyn Royston, 71, of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, died Friday, April 28, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, Illinois.
Born Dec. 11, 1945, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was the daughter of Angela (Early) and Thomas Royston. The sixth of seven children, she grew up in the St. Bernard area of Cincinnati attending St. Clement's School and Our Lady of Angels High School where she became familiar with the Sisters of St. Francis. She chose to join the convent as one of her older sister had done before her.
Passionate about education, she earned a B.A. from Marian University and an M.A. from Miami University in Ohio. Her teaching career included schools in Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Streator, Illinois, where she had remained for over three decades. In Streator, she served as principal from 1979-2010 at St. Anthony's. She enjoyed Streator so much, she chose to stay and serve as director of the Guardian Angel Outreach for Women at the parish as well as a member of the parish Care Team, visiting the homebound and those in hospitals and nursing homes until her untimely death.
Sister Carol challenged her students and was quick to accept a challenge herself. She helped plan and raise funds for a million dollar addition to St. Anthony's School, which included a new cafeteria, gym and classrooms to accommodate the school's increasing enrollment. She shared her Franciscan heart with all those she met, and although her death was unexpected, she entered heaven knowing she had been a good and faithful servant.
She is survived by sisters Ann Kimes, Mary Maisel, both of Cincinnati, and Maureen Wallace of Alexandria, Virginia; and brother James Royston of Cincinnati.
In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sister Sister Eileen Royston, O.S.F., and brother Thomas Royston.
A visitation and services will be held Wednesday evening, May 4, and Thursday, May 5, in Streator. Visitation at the Motherhouse in Oldenburg will be Monday, May 8, from 1-3 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. with burial in the convent cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, Indiana, 47036 (www.OldenburgFranciscans.org).
Weigel Funeral Home, Batesville, is in charge of arrangements.
Published on May 3, 2017