Sister Marie Kathryn Naab, 93, Rosemont College minister

Sister Marie Kathryn Naab
Sister Marie Kathryn Naab
Posted: June 15, 2012

Sister Marie Kathryn Naab, 93, a minister in the former health perspectives office at Rosemont College from 1990 to 1995, died of heart failure Tuesday, June 12, at Holy Child Center, a convent and retirement home in Rosemont. She was also known by her religious name, Mother Mary Thais.

Born in Philadelphia, she graduated from West Philadelphia Catholic Girls High School in 1937 and entered the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus at its Sharon Hill convent in 1938.

She taught at her alma mater from 1940 to 1950, but did not return to work in the Philadelphia region for 40 years.

In 1950, she earned a bachelor's degree in history at Rosemont College. In 1959, she earned a master's in education at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and in 1969, a master's in art at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

Kim Cavallero, a spokeswoman for the religious order, said Sister Naab taught at Mayfield Senior School of the Holy Child Jesus in Pasadena, Calif., from 1950 to 1956; St. Mary's High School in Melrose, Mass., from 1956 to 1961; Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child Jesus in Summit, N.J., in 1961-62; Holy Child High School in Waukegan, Ill., from 1962 to 1976; and the School of the Holy Child in Rye, N.Y., from 1976 to 1990.

Sister Naab is survived by two sisters, Theresa Naab Blaney and Sister Margaret Alacoque, who is also a member of the order of the Holy Child Jesus.

A brief wake service was set for 4 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the New Sharon Chapel, 1341 Montgomery Ave., Rosemont. A Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at the New Sharon Chapel, with burial in Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken.

Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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