Sister Kathleen (Kay) Naughton 1941-2013


 January 31, 1941 – September 17, 2013

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Kathleen (Kay) Naughton (S. Thomas Louise) who passed away on Sept. 17 of sepsis at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She was 72 years old.

Kathleen Sue was born on January 31, 1941, to parents Thomas William and Olivia L. (Hobold) Naughton in St. Louis. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on September 15, 1963, and made her final profession on August 6, 1971, as S. Thomas Louise. She received a bachelor’s degree in social studies, elementary schools from Fontbonne College in 1970.

Sister Kay began her 42 years of service in elementary education. She taught at St. Barnabas Grade School in O’Fallon, Mo., in 1968 and at St. Patrick Grade School in Rolla, Mo., in 1972.

Five years later, S. Kay switched gears to serve her CSJ community at the St. Joseph Provincial House as a staff member in the Treasurer’s Office.  She then returned to education as a tutor at St. Rita Grade School in Vinita Park, Mo., in 1979. 

However, it was her organizational skills that lead her to continue her last 33 years of service as a secretary. In 1980 S. Kay served as secretary at the St. Louis Cathedral Grade School, as well as the librarian her first year there. After 14 years there, She went on to St. Mary Grade School in Bridgeton, Mo. (1994), St. Jerome Grade School in St. Louis (1997), John Paul II Grade School in St. Louis (2002) and St. Ann Grade School in Normandy (2003). 

In 2004, S. Kay returned to the St. Joseph Provincial House as the Community Ministry secretary. She remained there until her passing.

A Mass of the Resurrection was held Sept. 20 at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse. S. Kay is buried at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the retirement fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111  (donate online) or the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, 1809 Clarkson Road, St. Louis, MO 63017.




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