S. Mary Alexandra Kuhn, CSJ 1910-2013

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Mary Alexandra Kuhn | Obituary

August 14, 1910 - January 25, 2013

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Alexandra Kuhn who passed away on Jan. 25. She was 102 years old.

S. Mary Alexandra was born on August 14, 1910, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Anthony and Elizabeth (Schier) Kuhn. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on September 8, 1928, and made her final profession on August 15, 1934. She graduated from Fontbonne College in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She received a master’s degree in life science from St. Mary College in Winona, Minn., in 1967.

S. Mary Alexandra began her 84 years of service in education in St. Louis at Notre Dame Grade School, St. Roch Grade School and then St. Bridget Grade School before being transferred to Sedalia to teach at St. Patrick Grade School.  In 1941 she returned to the St. Louis area and taught at St. Francis of Assisi Grade School in Oakville and then Nativity Grade School in St. Louis.

In 1946 she began nearly 40 years of teaching on the secondary level at McCooey High School in Hannibal, Mo.  In the 1950s she taught at St. Joseph High School for black students and at St. Joseph’s Academy.  She continued on the secondary level at Bishop Baraga High School in Marquette, Mich. (1952-1957); St. Paul High School in Negaunee, Mich. (1957-1965); Sacred Heart Central Highs School in Indianapolis (1965-1970); St. Francis de Sales High School in Denver, Colo. (1970-1971); and St. Joseph High School in Atlanta, Ga. (1971-1973).

S. Mary Alexandra took a brief rest from teaching in 1973 and served as a pastoral care visitor at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.  She returned to teach for the next five years at St. Anthony High School in St. Louis. From 1980 until her retirement in 1993, she served as a staff member at the St. Joseph Provincial House in St. Louis.  Since 1993 she ministered in prayer and witness at Nazareth Living Center.

A Memorial Mass was held Jan. 31 atNazareth Living Center. S. Mary Alexandra donated her body to science.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet,
St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111. Donate online.

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