Maryknoll Sister Katherine Razwad, 93, Ossining Resident

OSSINING, N.Y. – Sister Katharine Razwad, an educator and counselor, died Friday, March 4 at Boston Medical Center following surgery. She was 93.

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She was a Maryknoll Sister for 70 years. Adele Catherine was born in Boston on June 23, 1922, to Katharine Zaltauskos Razwad and George J. Razwad. She had one brother, Alphonse J., and three sisters, Blanche, Frances and Martha.

She graduated from St. Augustine High School, Boston, in 1940. She attended Boston Clerical Business School from 1940-1942 and worked at the Office of Price Administration, Boston, for two years. In 1945, she took a course in applied psychology at Harvard University. She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation from St. Peter’s Parish in the Archdiocese of Boston on Sept. 6, 1945, at the Maryknoll Sisters Motherhouse in Ossining. At her reception, she received the religious name Sister M. Katharine George.

During 1947–1951, she studied at Maryknoll Teachers College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She made her first Profession of Vows on March 7, 1948, at Maryknoll, and taught during 1950-1952 at Transfiguration Elementary School in Chinatown, New York. She made her final Profession of Vows on March 7, 1951, at the Maryknoll Sisters Motherhouse. She was assigned to the Philippine Region in 1952, where she taught at Maris Stella School, Maryknoll College and Lasalette College. 

In 1970, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining. In 1973, she was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters’ Eastern U.S. Region and worked in Boston in a volunteer program as a counselor until 1975. From 1976 – 1977, she worked in Boston Public Schools doing preventive counseling at the elementary level.In 1984, she worked as a substitute teacher in the Boston Public School System until her retirement in 1995.

Her parents, brother and sisters Blanche and Martha predeceased her.

A funeral mass will take place March 10 at 11 a.m. in the Main Chapel at Maryknoll Sisters Center. Interment will follow in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery on the Center grounds. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc. in Ossining.

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