Sister Marie Clare Kleschick, S.S.J., age 91, died Sept. 3 at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown, in the 73rd year of her religious life.
Born in Philadelphia on June 26, 1925, she was the daughter of William A. Kleschick and Frances Wunsch Kleschick. She attended Holy Child Grade School and St. Mary’s Academy in Philadelphia. In September 1943, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph and professed final vows on Aug. 8, 1951.
She earned an A.B. from Chestnut Hill College and an M.A. from University of Notre Dame in English literature.
As an educator, Sister Marie taught in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at Ascension and St. Helena Grade Schools and St. Maria Goretti, Cardinal Dougherty, Archbishop John Carroll and John W. Hallahan High Schools, and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook.
She also taught in schools in the Allentown and Trenton dioceses, and the Archdiocese of Newark.
Sister Marie was a convent helper at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia for several years. In September 2007 she was missioned as a St. Joseph Villa resident where she died.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 8 at St. Joseph Villa.
Sister Marie is the sister of Ann Klunk (Charles), Loretta Ferry, Gerald Kleschick and the late William Kleschick (Margaret), Joseph Kleschick, Frances Dampf (John), Mary Dombowski (Chester), Catherine Murphy (John), Sister Alma Frances Kleschick, S.S.J., sister-in saw of Barbara Kleschick and Bernard Ferry.
She is also survived by nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and members of her community, the Sisters of St. Joseph.
In a time of crisis CatholicPhilly.com keeps the information flowing
During the current coronavirus crisis, you can help CatholicPhilly.com deliver the kind of news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live ― every day.
Budgets are tight at this time, and CatholicPhilly's is no different than those of most families. We make sure your donation in any amount will go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103