Sister Marie Kathryn Naab, S.C.H.J., who was a Sister of the Holy Child Jesus for 66 years, died at Holy Child Center in Rosemont on June 12. She was 93.
Born in Philadelphia, Sister Marie Kathryn graduated from West Philadelphia Catholic Girls High School in 1937, entered the Convent of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus in 1938, and became known by her religious name, Mother Mary Thais.
Sister Marie Kathryn began her ministry teaching at her alma mater, West Catholic. She also taught at Mayfield Senior School of the Holy Child Jesus in Pasadena, Calif.; St. Mary’s High School in Melrose, Mass.; Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child Jesus in Summit, N.J.; and at Holy Child High School in Waukegan, Ill. She taught art at the School of the Holy Child in Rye, N.Y. In addition, Sister Marie Kathryn ministered in the Health Perspectives Office at Rosemont College in Rosemont and retired in 1995.
Sister Mary Kathryn is survived by two sisters Sister Margaret Alacoque Naab, who is also a Sister of the Holy Child Jesus, and Theresa Naab Blaney, as well as her religious community. She is predeceased by four brothers: Brother Joseph Naab, O.F.M.; Frederick; Edward; and Gerard, as well as a sister, Beatrice.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated June 16 in the New Sharon Chapel in Rosemont. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery in Conshohocken.