Sister Joan Haas 1919-2016


(S. Mary Geraldine)
March 22, 1919 - September 22, 2016

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Joan Haas who passed away on September 22 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She was 97 years of age.

Sister Joan was born on March 22, 1919, in El Paso, Illinois, to parents Ralph and Anna (Schlink) Haas. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 15, 1937, and made her final profession on August 15, 1943.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Fontbonne College in 1959; a master’s degree in Spanish from St. Louis University in 1954 and a doctorate in educational psychology from Fordham University in 1963.

Sister Joan began her 78 years as a member of the CSJ community by teaching elementary grade school.  In 1940s through the late 1950s she taught at St. Thomas of Aquin Grade School (1940-42) in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Michael Grade School (1942-51) in Marquette, Michigan; Most Holy Rosary Grade School (1951-57) and Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School (1957-58) both in St. Louis.

Sister Joan began serving in higher education in 1958 at Fontbonne College as a faculty member.  She pursued her doctorate from 1960 to 1962 at Fordham and returned to Fontbonne College in 1962, as a faculty member than in 1962 to 1967 she was Fontbonne College's Provincial Councilor.  

She served her CSJ community from 1967 to 1970 at the St. Joseph Provincialate first as regional superior and then as a provincial councilor.  She returned to Fontbonne College for one more year as served as the Director of Counseling.

Sister Joan was the dean of Nazareth College in Nazareth, Michigan, from 1971 to 1975. The next three years, she served in Kansas City, Missouri, as the director of education for St. Joseph Hospital.  After a year of family care, Sister Joan was a program director at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood, Missouri.  

In 1983, she served at the St. Joseph Provincialate in St. Louis, first for a year as the province long-range planning coordinator and then from 1984 to 1988 as the assistant province superior.

For the next 11 years, Sister Joan served in pastoral services first at Villa St. Joseph in Overland Park, Kansas and then for five yeast at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis.

Sister Joan retired in 1999 and since 2001 she served in the ministry of prayer and presence at Nazareth Living Center.

A Memorial Mass was held the Nazareth Living Center Chapel on Wednesday, September 28 at 10:30 a.m.

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


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