Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletApril 14, 2021

In Remembrance

Sister Marietta Kuczynski, CSJ


 Sister Marietta Kuczynski, CSJ, 92, died Friday, September 19, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 72 years.


Sister Marietta, the former Helen Kuczynski, was born April 13, 1916 in Hagaman, NY, daughter of the late Joseph and Helen Bakuczonis Kuczynski. After graduating from Wilbur Lynch Senior High School, Sister Marietta entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 19, 1936, and professed final vows on August 15, 1941. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from The College of Saint Rose and furthered her studies in education at LeMoyne College. Sister Marietta served in elementary schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses for 67 years, including 36 years at St. Luke’s School, Schenectady. Upon retirement from classroom teaching, she served as a teacher’s assistant and was an invaluable help in the running of the convent.


Sister Marietta was an inherently gracious woman, an accomplished seamstress with a talent for holiday decorating, an avid gardener with a special fondness for gladioli, a sensitive painter with an affection for gentle colors. A diligent worker with a generous spirit, Sister Marietta leaves a legacy of devotion to faith and family and kindness and compassion to all.


Sister Marietta is survived by six nieces, one nephew and their families: Eileen DaBiere, Lorraine Bull, Janice Brach, Sister Barbara Kuczynski, Kathleen Fiola, Patricia Mitchell and Joseph Kuczynski; and by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her beloved sister and brother, Jessie Brach, and Joseph Kuczynski, and by many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.


Sister Marietta’s funeral Liturgy was held at on Tuesday, September 23, from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds.


Contributions in Sister Marietta’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.