Sister Jean Fryoux, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph for 76 years, passed away at Mount St. Mary Convent in Wichita, Kansas, on Thursday, January 16, at the age of 93. She was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Frank Joseph and Minnie Ethel Gibbens Fryoux. Sister Jean, baptized Bernice Marie, had three sisters, Mrs. John (Dorothy) McKinley, Mrs. George (June) Delaune and the late Mrs. William (Ethel) Morgan. Sister Jean graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge in 1938 and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans. She professed perpetual vows in 1944. She received a B.S. in Home Ec & Science at Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Certification in Math & Physics at Loyola University New Orleans and an M.A. in Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She taught in Catholic elementary and high schools for 54 years beginning in elementary education in 1940 at St. Ann and Our Lady of the Rosary schools in New Orleans, Louisiana, followed by St. Joseph Parochial and St. Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge. Beginning in 1950, Sister Jean taught at St. Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and New Orleans. She was a beloved teacher and her last 30 years of teaching were in Baton Rouge at the Academy where she also was diligent in overseeing maintenance needs of the school, children's home and convent. While teaching at SJA, she also served three years as the superior at the convent. In 1997, Sister Jean retired at St. Joseph Convent in Baton Rouge and in 2007, moved to Mount St. Mary's Convent in Wichita. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday, January 20, at 10:00 a.m. at Mount St. Mary Convent in Wichita. Burial will follow immediately in the convent cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph c/o Sister Carolyn Brady, CSJ at 3134 Hundred Oaks Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 or to the Sr. Ursula Harelson & Sr. Jean Fryoux Endowed Fund for Science at St. Joseph's Academy, 3015 Broussard St., Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2014