Sister Rose Anna Tobin, M.M.


Sister Rose Anna Tobin, M.M., a missioner who served in Central America, died March 2 at the Maryknoll Sisters Residential Care Center at Maryknoll. She was 89.

Assigned to Nicaragua in 1944, she served for 16 years and established a mission compound with a medical clinic and school in Siuna. She taught in the elementary school and was superior and principal. She also did pastoral ministry.

In 1959 she went to Guatemala, where she opened a center in Huehuetenango for sisters. She supervised a boarding school in Guatemala City, taught and was a principal in Ancon, Panama, and served at a leper colony in the Canal Zone.

From 1974 to 1988 she was a board member of the Maryknoll Sisters’ Central American Region. She was coordinator of a convent in Watch Hill, R.I., before retiring in 2005.

Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., she entered the Maryknoll Sisters in 1938 and made final vows in 1944. She held a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Mount St. Vincent.

She is survived by a sister, Betty Skazinski. A Funeral Mass was offered March 10 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, with burial in the sisters’ cemetery.


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