Sister Anna Rose Kraus, CSJ 1912-2010

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Sister Anna Rose Kraus | Obituary

May 27, 1912 - September 18, 2010

Please pray for the repose of the S. Anna Rose Kraus who departed this life on Saturday, September 18 at Nazareth Living Center. 

S. Anna Rose was born in Jerseyville, Ill. on May 27, 1912. She was received into the novitiate on March 19, 1930 and made her final profession on August 15, 1935. This year she celebrated her 80th jubilee as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. 

She received her bachelor's degree in education from Fontbonne College in Clayton, Mo. in 1942, and then her master's in hearing/speech therapy from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952. 

For more than 40 years, S. Anna Rose ministered to the deaf at the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf. Beginning at its location on Garrison Avenue in St. Louis in 1932, S. Anna Rose served as a deaf educator. She then moved with the Institute to its new home in University City in 1934. She was then named principal of the Institute and Superior of the CSJs who worked/lived there in 1955. 

In 1961 S. Anna Rose was appointed to the position of assistant to the president of Fontbonne College. In 1962 she was appointed fund raiser for the province while teaching part-time at Fontbonne. S. Anna Rose worked to raise funds to build the new Nazareth Convent (now Nazareth Living Center) in Lemay in 1965.

She moved north to Chicago, Ill., where she was administrator for the St. Joseph Carondelet Child Center from 1964-1976. Afterwards, she returned to St. Louis to be a formation team member for the St. Joseph Novitiate Community. When the Development Office moved from Fontbonne to the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1979, Sister Anna Rose was named director of the province development office until 1980. 

In 1979, S. Anna Rose once again became a part of the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf family and remained there until her retirement in 1997. During those 18 years she served as director of volunteers and worked in development. 

Upon her retirement, she lived at the St. Joseph Provincial House before moving to Nazareth Living Center in 2000. 

A wake will be held Thursday, Sept. 23 from 3-7 p.m. at Nazareth Living Center, 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, MO 63129. On Friday, Sept. 24, a viewing of the body will be at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. in the Nazareth Living Center Chapel. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery immediately following Mass. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899. Make a donation online.

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