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Sister M. Josetta Kuczmarski was born on May 29, 1924 in Conway, Massachusetts and entered religious life on July 26, 1944. Sister became a postulant on February 2, 1945 and was assigned to teach second grade at St John Cantius in East Chicago, Indiana. After becoming a novice on August 15, 1945, Sister was assigned to teach fourth grade at St. Stanislaus Bishop Martyr in Chicago and served there until 1947. Sister professed her first vows on August 12, 1947 and celebrated her Perpetual Profession on August 12, 1952. During this time, she taught various grades at Five Holy Martyrs in Chicago (1947-1950), fourth grade at St. John Cantius in East Chicago, Indiana (1950 -1951), fourth grade at St. Florian in Chicago (1951 - 1954) and then taught various grades at SS. Philip and James in Cleveland, Ohio until 1969. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from St. John College in Cleveland in 1963.

From 1969 to 1973, Sister Josetta taught eighth grade at St. Casimir in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was also the local Secretary and Treasurer. In 1973, Sister returned to SS. Philip and James to teach various grades there and later became the Assistant Principal until 1982. Sister was assigned to teach sixth grade at St. Leo the Great in Cleveland (1982-1983) and fifth grade at St. Anthony of Padua in Parma, Ohio (1983-1988).

Sister was a Board Member at Mount Alverna Home in Parma from 1983 to 1984. She also served as the local Minister and Secretary there. Sister returned to Chicago in 1988 and taught fourth grade at St. Pancratius as well as serving as the local Secretary until 1998. Sister returned to Mount Alverna Home in 1998 and served there in various positions such as as a driver, ward clerk aide, Local Minister, Local Treasurer and Local Secretary. Our Sisters who traveled were delighted to stay overnight at Mount Alverna Home. They recalled the experience, saying "Sister is the embodiment of the Franciscan spirit. Visitors to her convent home are welcomed in the Gospel spirit of Martha and Mary welcoming Jesus to their Bethany home. Sister never fails to surprise her guests with little keepsake souvenirs and snacks for their travels in the Cleveland area. Her generous, but simple actions, weave visitors into the joyful fabric of a larger Franciscan community."

Sister received the Franciscan Weaver Award in 2013. A Sister who nominated her for the award reflected, "During the many years that I have known Sister Josetta she exemplifies kindness, peacefulness and joy. These are not only rooted in the Gospel but also exemplified in the life of St, Francis who lived the Gospel. These qualities are also those of our foundress, Mother Theresa Dudzik. I have found Sister Josetta ready to serve and to answer requests joyfully and with love,"

She is now retired and lives at Our Lady of Victory Convent in Lemont. Congratulations to Sister M. Josetta Kuczmarski on 75 years of being a Franciscan Sister of Chicago!