KURTZ, Sis­ter Theresa

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Sis­ter Theresa Kurtz, for­merly Sis­ter Ed­mund Marie, a Sis­ter of St. Martha of Antigo­nish, died at Bethany, the Mother­house, on Fe­bru­ary 7, 2017. Sis­ter Theresa was 101 years of age and in the 82nd year of her re­li­gious life.

Born in Bur­dett, Al­berta, she was one of eight chil­dren of the late Matthias and Theresa (Bau­man) Kurtz.

Sis­ter en­tered the Con­gre­ga­tion of the Sis­ters of St. Martha on Novem­ber 8, 1933, pro­nounced her first vows on Au­gust 24, 1935 and her per­pet­ual pro­fes­sion of vows on Au­gust 24, 1938. Af­ter her pro­fes­sion of vows, Sis­ter served in par­ish work and later in the field of ed­u­ca­tion. She served many years as well in pas­toral care of the sick and in spir­i­tual di­rec­tion. She was a grad­u­ate of the Nova Sco­tia Pro­vin­cial Nor­mal Col­lege and St. F. X. Univer­sity. Sis­ter Theresa qual­i­fied as a teacher of art and mu­sic fol­low­ing stud­ies at the Nova Sco­tia Col­lege of Art, in Hal­i­fax and the Toronto Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic. In 1973 she ob­tained an Ad­vanced Diploma in Clin­i­cal Pas­toral Stud­ies and in 1975, she grad­u­ated with a de­gree in Master of Di­vin­ity, both from An­dover New­ton The­o­log­i­cal School and the Univer­sity of Mas­sachusetts.

In Nova Sco­tia, be­sides the Mother­house, Sis­ter Theresa served at St. Martha’s Con­vent in Antigo­nish, Lit­tle Flower In­sti­tute, Bras d’Dor, Our Lady of Fa­tima Con­vent, Heather­ton, St. Charles Con­vent, Do­min­ion, Teach­ers’ Res­i­dence, Eska­soni and Star of the Sea Con­vent, Canso. In Western Canada, she served in Al­berta at Mount Carmel Con­vent, Can­more, St. Alphon­sus Con­vent, Blair­more, St. Michael’s Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, St. Mon­ica Con­vent and Martha Cen­tre, Leth­bridge and in Saskatchewan at Martha House, Regina.

Even with the loss of her eyesight, Sis­ter Theresa greeted peo­ple with a smile and warm wel­come. She de­lighted in lis­ten­ing to peo­ple read to her from nov­els, ar­ti­cles and in par­tic­u­lar from Scrip­ture.

Sis­ter Theresa was the last sur­viv­ing mem­ber of her fam­ily. Be­sides her par­ents, she was pre­de­ceased by sis­ters, Velma Bohna, Rose Roth, Mar­garet Kotkas and Sis­ter Mag­dalena, CSM and brothers, Joseph, Matt and Elias.

The re­mains will be rest­ing at Bethany, be­gin­ning Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 12th at 1:15 p.m., where a Celebration of Vigil will be held on the same even­ing at 7:30. Li­turgy of Chris­tian Burial will take place on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 13th at 2 p.m. in Bethany chapel.

Ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of MacIsaac Fu­neral Home, 61 Pleas­ant St., Antigo­nish.

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