Sister Kathy learned from her parents early in life to be grateful for any kindness or gift, no matter how small. No one can begin to measure the number of Thank You cards she sent during her 78 years.
In her biography, which she wrote upon becoming a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, she indicated that she admired persons who were “sweet, sincere, humble, understanding, and kind.” What she admired, she became. Her Sisters in community knew her as gentle, peace-filled, genuine, helpful, appreciative, kind, grateful, and filled with quiet beauty.
She wanted to become a Franciscan Sister so she could “teach little children to love Jesus.” She did just that for many years as she taught in the primary grades in St Louis, MO; Fairborn, OH; and Oak Creek, WI. In her later years, her gracious, gentle temperament came through as she served as receptionist at the skilled care and assisted living facilities of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services in St Louis.
Her sweet spirit touched the lives of so many people. We know that God welcomed her home with an immense THANK YOU for a life lived so generously, so graciously.
A private burial service is being held September 9 at Resurrection Cemetery in St Louis. Memorial gifts in honor of Sister Kathy may be made to help the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help continue to provide for the health care needs of the Sisters. Call (314) 965-3700, ext 109, with questions or to share a story of how Sister Kathy helped to influence your life.