Sister Annamae Catherine Kenny, CSJ
Sister Annamae Catherine Kenny (Sister James Catherine), 82, died on Friday, August 15, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, NY. Sister Annamae had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 64 years.
Sister Annamae was born Ann Mary Kenny on August 23, 1925, in Syracuse, NY, daughter of the late James and Mary Roche Kenny. She graduated from St. Vincent de Paul High School in Syracuse and entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1944. Sister Annamae received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in special education, both from The College of Saint Rose. She taught school for nearly 45 years in elementary grades in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses as well as in the Syracuse City School System. Sister Annamae also served in religious education in Syracuse at Holy Trinity Parish and in the Fowler-HenningerFaithCenter.
Sister Annamae was a brilliant, endearing woman with a compassionate heart and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Frequently awed by the wonders of life, Sister Annamae was passionate about nature, the environment and global awareness and responsibility. Her post-graduate studies reflected Sister Annamae’s diverse interests in such areas as teaching the culturally disadvantaged, female and Jewish studies, the World Future Society, storytelling and tailoring. Whether in the classroom, in the parish or at a community meeting, Sister Annamae immensely enjoyed sharing her philosophy of life and the fruits of her absorbent mind.
Sister Annamae is survived by her beloved sister, Mary Triggs; by several nieces and nephews; by many friends; and by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, with special mention of her dear friend and caregiver, Sister Barbara Kuczynski. She was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Kenny; by her brother, James Kenny; and by many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Annamae’s funeral Liturgy was held on Monday, August 18 from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of VirginsCemetery on the Provincial House grounds.
Contributions in Sister Annamae’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY12110.