Aston, PA—Sister Francesca Krolczyk, OSF, 91, died in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 24. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 67 years. Sister Francesca was born Lorraine Marie Krolczyk in Baltimore where she was a member of St. Stanislaus Parish and a graduate of the Catholic High School of Baltimore. She entered the congregation in 1949 and professed her first vows in 1952. Sister Francesca earned a BA in Math from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and an MA in Math from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She ministered primarily in education on elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels.
Sister Francesca ministered for 56 years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She taught at St. Stephen School in Bradshaw, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, and the Shrine of the Little Flower School. During her years at the Catholic High School of Baltimore, Sister Francesca ministered as teacher, department head, business manager, and volunteer. She also taught at Towson State University and Loyola College. In later years, she was a tutor at the Center for Adult Literacy and Learning and, since 2010 served as a caregiver for her brother.
During her 10 years in the Diocese of Wilmington, Sister Francesca taught at St. Peter School in New Castle, Corpus Christi School in Elsmere, and St. Mark High School in Wilmington. Additional ministry in education included teaching at St. Anthony High School in Trenton and at Nativity School in Washington, DC.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Angels Convent Chapel, 609 South Convent Rd. in Aston, Pennsylvania, 19014 on Friday, March 29. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M. followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Francesca is survived by her nephews, her great nieces and nephews, and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.