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Sr. Joan Elizabeth KAIN CSJ


1927 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Sr. Joan Elizabeth KAIN CSJ Obituary
Historian, professor, artist, and mentor are just a few ways those who knew her best describe Sister Joan Kain, who died peacefully, surrounded by friends and family, on Saturday evening, November 18, 2017. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 11, 1927 to parents of Irish and Norwegian descent, with roots in Iowa and the Minnesota prairies. A chief source of her values came with her education from the College of St. Catherine, Marquette University, the University of Northern Arizona, the University of Minnesota, and Macalester College. Equal to her passion for an education that was primarily focused in history and geography was her deep faith and desire for living the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Her teaching career led her to serve parishes and schools in the inner city, suburban, and rural areas of Minnesota and North Dakota. Joan served 17 years as a professor at St. Catherine University, and later as a volunteer in the O'Neill Learning Center, where she loved sharing education with women. A great interest for Joan was her research of historic stone buildings in the upper Midwest, England, Scotland, and Whales. This led to the popular 1978 classroom publication of Rocky Roots, a guide to ornamental and dimension stone in St. Paul's downtown architecture, as well as several articles for Architecture Minnesota. In 2006, Joan was a consultant on the Public Art St. Paul Geology Symposium, Minnesota Rocks, which led to the creation of sculptures by world-famous sculptors for many public places throughout the Twin Cities. Joan is preceded in death by her father, Richard Kain, her mother, Inez Kain, and her sister, Elaine Kain Cooper. She is survived by two sisters, Inez Burns and Margaret (Peggy) Swifka. Nieces and nephews include: Clark (Bill) Cooper, David Cooper (Kate), Dick Cooper (Patty), Carol Johnson (Doug), Kristi Waite (Larry), Wendy Nemitz, Susan Nemitz, Richard Burns, Nancy Burns Pavlock (Leon), Joe Burns (Vivian) and many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial 11AM Wednesday, November 29 at Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1880 Randolph Ave., St. Paul. Visitation 1 hour before the Mass. Burial at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Ministries Foundation.
Published in Pioneer Press on Nov. 26, 2017
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