Sister Josephine (Ida Klara Koeppel) Koeppel

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Obituary

DANVILLE — Sister Josephine of St. Teresa (Ida Klara Koeppel), 90, of the Community of Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Danville, passed peacefully to God Saturday afternoon, Sept. 10, 2011, at Emmanuel Center, where she had been a resident for 2 1/2 years.

Born in Widnau, Switzerland, March 24, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Franz and Emma (Frei) Koeppel.

Her father emigrated to America for economic reasons, settling in Lebanon. Sister Josephine joined him at the age of 6.

She received her education in Catholic elementary and high schools in Lebanon, and then worked in various positions as secretary, eventually starting and developing a travel bureau.

She entered the Carmelite Monastery in Loretto April 13, 1948, and made profession of solemn vows Oct. 15, 1952. In 1953, she and five other nuns made the foundation in Mount Carmel; this community moved to the monastery in Elysburg in 1961.

Sister devoted many years to the translation of the works of Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta), a Discalced Carmelite nun and German Jew, making her known to the English-speaking world.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Otto, and two sisters, Emma and Beata.

Surviving are a sister-in-law, Marie Koeppel, Jackson, Mich., and many cousins in Switzerland.

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DANVILLE — Sister Josephine of St. Teresa (Ida Klara Koeppel), 90, of the Community of Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Danville. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Maria Hall Chapel, Danville.
Published in The News Item on Sept. 13, 2011
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