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Sister Anna Mae Kuzma, OSF

Posted by Administrator (admin) on Jul 15 2015
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Sister Anna Mae (formerly known as Sister Roseleen), 83, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis, United States Province and in her 66th year of profession, died at Vincentian Home on October 13, 2014. 

Sister Anna Mae entered the community from Holy Family Parish in Erie, Pennsylvania in 1944 and professed her first vows in 1948 at Mount Assisi Convent Chapel in Pittsburgh, Pa. She received a B.S. in Education from Carlow University, a M.S. in Education and a M.S. in Religious Education from Duquesne University, both in Pittsburgh.

Throughout her earlier years of ministry, Sister Anna Mae taught grades one through six in parish schools in New Castle, McKees Rocks, Canonsburg, Northampton and Clymer, Pa. She later taught Home Economics or Family & Consumer Sciences at Mount Assisi Academy from 1961-68. After completing her Masters Program for Religious Education, she spent the next 10 years coordinating parish catechesis programs in Canonsburg, Center Township and Erie Pa.

From 1981-85 she served as Vocation Director for the former Pittsburgh Province. Throughout her religious life she was known to encourage young men and women to enter religious life. Her nephew, Deacon John Paul Kuzma, OFM, Cap. thanks Sister Anna Mae for encouraging him to become a Franciscan priest. 

She used her gifts and talents as a campus Minister at Penn State-Behrend Campus in Erie, Pa. until her stroke in 1996. She then came to live at Mount Assisi and spent her remaining years in prayer ministry and reaching out to others.

Sister Anna Mae was very creative and, during her time at Mount Assisi, she was the author of the following books: Tales of Franciscan Calls – The School Sisters of St. Francis, The Faith Journey of a God Jr., The Shadow of a Great Rock, and Surviving a Stroke with Style and Grace. She also spent her time writing to shut-ins, the elderly and those who needed to hear God’s “Good News” from someone who also shared their sufferings.

Sister Anna Mae was the first child of 10 siblings, all of whom are still living. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Anna. She is survived by her religious community, her brothers: Francis, Deacon Glenn, Paul, Joseph and Michael; her sisters: Therese Taft, Sister Roselyn, OSF, Mary Ellen Haynes, Pauline Kisiel, and Marilyn Moore; 29 nieces and nephews, 44 great nieces and nephews, 8 great, great nieces and nephews and many cousins, including Sister Ellen Gresock, OSF, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.

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