Sister Vera Klaus dies in Concordia at age 85

January 28, 2017 by

Sister Vera Klaus

Sister Vera Klaus died Friday, Jan. 27,2017,  at the Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia. She was 85 and had been a Sister of St. Joseph for 68 years.

The vigil service will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the Nazareth Motherhouse, with Sister Mary Jo Thummel as the eulogist. The Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m., with Father David Metz presiding. Burial will be in the Nazareth Convent Cemetery.

She was born in Ellis, Kan., on March 26, 1931, to Paul and Catherine Wasinger Klaus, the youngest of six children, and was baptized Lucille Anita. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia on Feb. 9, 1948. On Aug.15, 1948, Lucille received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Vera. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 15, 1949, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1952.

Sister Vera received a diploma from St. Louis University in Administration as a Food Service Director. She was a dietician at hospitals in Sabetha, Kan., and Belvidere, Ill. Later she completed training in Topeka, Salina and Atchison, Kan., as an assistant physical therapist. She used her physical therapy education at St. Mary’s Convent and Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia.

Sister Vera was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings. She is survived by her sister, Pauline Marie Brown, Ocala, Fla.

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Memorials for Sister Vera Klaus may be given to the Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care/Retirement Fund or the Apostolic Works of the Sisters; P.O Box 279, Concordia KS 66901. To make an online donation in Sister Vera’s memory, click on the button below:

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