Annie Mae Plagens
Annie Mae Plagens, also known as Sister Rosanne Plagens, 83, passed away peacefully at Camelot of Broussard hospice care on April 17, 2021, in Broussard, Louisiana. She was born in rural Fayette County, Texas near Fayetteville on November 21, 1937, to parents Hugo Gus Plagens and Rosiele Frances Kocurek. Annie Mae’s family moved to Houston when she was in elementary school. After graduating from Incarnate Word Academy, she joined the religious order of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament , where she chose the name Sister Rosanne. She served as a teacher for children and young adults, elementary-aged to freshman-level college students in Texas, Nebraska, and Louisiana. She finished her 60-year career at Saints Leo-Seton Catholic School as a nun in the Sisters for Christian Community. One of her favorite things was keeping in touch with friends and family through hand-written remembrances that she would send in the mail. Sister Rosanne was known for her creativity, compassion, wisdom, and grace, as well as for her love of connecting with people through games. She is survived by her sister, Ruby Jackson and husband Bob of League City, TX; nephews Michael Gruener and wife Michelle of Sunnyside, TX, John Gruener and wife Barbara of Friendswood, TX, Richard Gruener and wife Nancy of League City, TX, and David Rogers of Saginaw, TX; and niece Christine Loyacano and wife Toni of Houston, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents Hugo and Rosiele Plagens; sister Rose Marie Rogers; nephew Steven Rogers; and long-time companion in Christ, Sister Effie Jean Preddy. Sister Rosanne’s Memorial Mass will be held at Saint Leo the Great Catholic Church, 300 W Alexander St., Lafayette, Louisiana on May 8 at noon, led by Father Kyle White. Sister Rosanne’s request to have her body donated to science was fulfilled by the UT Health Science Center McGovern Medical School in Houston. Even in death, her teaching legacy continues. In lieu of flowers, donations in loving memory can be made to Incarnate Word Academy in Houston, Saints Leo-Seton Catholic School in Lafayette, or the Wounded Warrior Project.