Sister Kathleen Brazzel, OSB
May 5, 2002
Sister Kathleen Brazzel, O.S.B., of the Benedictine Sisters, Atchison, Kans., died Sunday, May 5, 2002, at the monastery. Vigil services will be Tuesday, May 7, at 7 pm in the St. Scholastica chapel, followed by agape in the monastery dining room. Mass of the Resurrection will be offered Wednesday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m in the same chapel, with burial in the monastery cemetery.
Born in Purcell, Kans., to Catherine (Kate) Tuohey and Michael A. Brazzel, Irene (Sister Kathleen) was the fifth daughter in a family of seven daughters (Mary, Nora, Ann, Rosalie) and three sons (Thomas, Neal, and John). Her sister Gladys (Sister Elizabeth Ann) and another sister, Kathryn (Sister De Sales) followed her in religious life. Sister De Sales died in 1999.
Sister Kathleen was a graduate of Mount St. Scholastica Academy and College, and received a doctorate in Latin with minors in Greek, ancient history, and mathematics from the Catholic University of America in 1939. She taught in the Bendena rural school before entering the Atchison community June 18, 1928. She made monastic profession January 1, 1930. She taught briefly in Iowa and Colorado, but spent most of her academic life in Atchison and Kansas City. She was Latin teacher, prefect and dean of students at Mount St. Scholastica College, and for for 23 years was registrar at Donnelly College where she taught Latin and math. She was a member of the Mathematical Association of America, of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the American Association and the Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers.
She liked traveling, reading, knitting, crocheting, and playing bridge. She was noted for the beauty of her crochet work. One of her christening sets was selected to represent the state in the Topeka exhibit of the Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (KAHSA) in 1996. When she retired, she assisted in the monastery business office. She is survived by her sister, Sister Elizabeth Ann, and by nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorials may be directed to Mount St. Scholastica.
Let us remember her gratefully in our prayers.