ROSEMONT, Penn. — Sister Kathleen Groh, 95, a Sister of the Holy Child Jesus for 75 years, died at Holy Child Center in Rosemont.

Sister Kathleen, born July 21, 1924, to Albert and Marie Schmitz Groh, grew up on a fox farm on the outskirts of Portland. Together with her four siblings, she learned many practical skills, including mastering the art of sewing. After graduating from Holy Child Academy in Portland, where she had come to love the Holy Child Sisters, she entered the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in 1944. She made her final vows in 1951 and became well known by her religious name Mother Mary Kathleen.

Despite her fears of teaching, Sister Kathleen decided to trust in God and embarked on a four-day trip east to begin her career as an educator. After a bumpy start, she found herself at Assumption School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1947-1955), enjoying the small class sizes and happily teaching for eight years. In 1955, she returned to Portland and taught at St. Rose School (1955-1956) and then St. Rita School (1956-1970).

She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Marylhurst University in 1959.

In 1973, Sister Kathleen discovered a new ministry at Mount St. Joseph’s Retirement Home in Portland, where she served in many roles, including as an aide to the occupational therapist. In the meantime, her creativity and sewing skills flourished as she produced a variety of items from huggable stuffed animals to smocked baptismal robes. She lived and served in the Portland area for more than 30 years.

In 1987, Sister Kathleen moved to the Holy Child Sisters’ community in Rye, New York. She continued her sewing projects both for the community and School of the Holy Child. In 2013, she moved to Holy Child Center in Rosemont.

Holy Child Sister Maureen Duffy shared that Sister Kathleen “was the kindest and gentlest person I have ever known, all wrapped with a sense of humor. She was a very talented seamstress and craftsperson. She had incredible attention to detail and was very creative.”

Sister Kathleen was preceded in death by her siblings Edward, Robert, Rosemary Norkiel, and Florence Larson. She is survived by nieces Jeanette Groh, Jan Groh, Kathy Larson, Shari Moser, Terry Millard, Lori Nelson, Janet Larson, and great grand nieces and nephews.

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