December 2013 Obituaries

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Sr. Mary Salvator Cramer, IHM

Sr. SalvatorSr. Mary Salvator Cramer, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on December 11, 2013, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, PA. She was 81 years old.

She was born on September 15, 1932, in Brooklyn, NY, and given the name Mary Jane. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 7, 1950, and made her final profession of vows on August 2, 1956. She received a bachelor of science degree in education from Marywood College and a master of arts degree in French from Assumption College.

Sr. Salvator served as a teacher in Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New York. She served as pastoral minister at St. Ambrose Parish in Bridgeport in 1983 and was on the support staff of the Marian Convent in Scranton, from 1993-94. Following that, she taught at the Education Enrichment Institute in the IHM Center in Scranton until 1996.

From 1996 until the time of her death, Sr. Salvator was a prayer minister at the Marian Convent and at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Sr. Salvator on December 17 at Our Lady of Peace Residence. Interment followed at St. Catherine Cemetery in Moscow, PA.

Sr. Evelyn Kane, RSCJ, passionate about math

Sr. KaneReligious of the Sacred Heart Evelyn Elizabeth Kane, educator, pastoral counselor and minister to migrant farm workers, died December 2, 2013 at Teresian House in Albany, NY. She was 92 years old She was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 3, 1921, the only girl among seven boys.

She entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1942 at Kenwood in Albany, and made her final vows in 1950 at the Motherhouse in Rome. After receiving a bachelor of arts in mathematics with a minor in chemistry from Notre Dame College of Staten Island, NY, she earned a master of arts in education from the Manhattanville College Graduate Division in Albany and another master’s in mathematics from the University of Detroit in 1964.

A natural educator, Sr. Kane taught in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Michigan. Starting in 1967, she served at Kenwood Convent of the Sacred Heart in Albany for two years before becoming provincial secretary for education for the New York Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

She returned to the classroom in 1970 at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, where she taught high school math until 1989. She loved her subject matter and was passionate about establishing a firm mathematics foundation for students.

She began her pastoral ministry at St. Clement Parish in Stamford in 1983, visiting the homebound and sick of the parish. For several years she taught in the morning and served in the parish in the afternoon.

By 1990, her pastoral ministry had evolved and she also taught adult scripture classes at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, St. Clement of Rome in Stamford and St. John’s in Darien. That continued until her retirement in 2004.

She was committed to serving the poor, especially immigrants. Sr. Kane was remembered in a Mass of Christian Burial on December 11 in the Teresian House Chapel in Albany. Burial followed in the Sacred Heart Cemetery at Kenwood.

Sr. Barbara, RSM, loved Latin

Sr. BarbaraSr. Barbara Bossler, RSM, died December 1, 2013, in West Hartford. Born March 23, 1938, she was raised in Hartford, attending St. Joseph Cathedral grade and high schools. Sr. Barbara graduated with a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, majoring in Latin, before entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1960. She later earned a M.A. in Latin and a Sixth-Year Certificate in English.

Most of her next 32 years were spent teaching Latin, her first love. She taught first at St. Paul High School in Bristol and then, in a strange twist for the life of a religious Sister, taught Latin at Longfellow School and Central High School, both in Bridgeport, before her retirement in 2010. She had recently celebrated 53 years of religious life.

Sr. Barbara’s life was celebrated with a Mass of the Resurrection on December 5 in the chapel of St. Mary Home, West Hartford. Burial took place the following day at St. Mary Cemetery.