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Sister Kathryn Koressel died on Dec. 7, 2017, in Providence Hall, St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was born on July 27, 1927, in Evansville, to Leo and Matilda Koressel and was baptized Alfreda Kathryn.
Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence on July 20, 1944, and was given the name Sister Alfreda Marie. She professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1952. She earned a bachelor's degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and master's degree from Indiana State University. In her 73 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered for 39 years as a teacher in schools in Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma and North Carolina. She served at Annunciation in Brazil, Ind. from 1976 to 1986. In 1986, she retired from teaching and for the next 12 years, served as receptionist at Providence Retirement Home in New Albany. She then moved to Evansville and joined the St. Vincent DePaul staff for seven years. In 2007 she returned to the motherhouse and served her sisters in many capacities including being a camera operator for closed circuit broadcasts from the Church to Providence Health Care and leading an exercise class for her sisters in Providence Hall.
Sister Kathryn had a wry sense of humor, always ready with a quick comment. Fully active until the day of her death, she was energetic and generous, willing to take on any responsibility that would benefit the common good.
She is survived by three brothers, Joseph Koressel of Louisville, Linus Koressel of Evansville, and the Rev. James Koressel of Montgomery; and four sisters, Agnes Sammet, Margaret Will and Marie Gentry, all of Evansville, and Helen Klingle of Indianapolis.
She is preceded in death by a sister, Irene Keil; and two brothers, Alvin and Clarence Koressel.
The wake is on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, with the wake service at 4:30 p.m. The mass of Christian burial is on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. James Koressel presiding. Burial is in the cemetery of the Sisters of Providence. The DeBaun Funeral Homes and crematory assisted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.
Published on December 11, 2017
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