Sister Anna Franz, OSB
June 20 1902 - June 14, 2000
Sister Anna Franz, a Benedictine Sister formerly known as Sister Walburga, died at Mount St. Scholastica, June 14, 2000, in her ninety-eighth year. Mass of Christian burial was Saturday, June 17 in the Choir Chapel with burial in the monastery cemetery.
Anna, born in Bavaria on June 20 1902, was the seventh of nine children of Philomena Haselbeck and Joseph Franz. She came to the United States in 1923 and joined the Benedictine Sisters in Covington, Louisiana, in 1923, making her monastic profession in 1925. She became a United States citizen in 1928. She was chosen prioress by her community in 1945 and served for two terms of six years each. In 1987 she transferred to the Mount St. Scholastica community.
For a number of years she taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of Covington, serving as a teacher of various grade levels, as principal , and as librarian. In 1945 her community elected her prioress, a position she held for twelve years. She then joined the faculty of St. Scholastica Academy in Covington. Sister Anna holds a baccalaureate degree from Loyola University, New Orleans. She also has a master certificate for teaching in the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) program. As prioress of St. Scholastica's, Mother Walburga (as she was then known) was instrumental in helping Sister Mary Theresa Brentano of the Mount Benedictine community set up the first classroom designed to teach children with audio-tapes in 1952.
Sister Anna was preceded in death by her eight brothers and sisters. She is survived by nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas.
Let us remember her gratefully in our prayers.