June 22, 1943 – April 16, 2019
Sister Jean Marie Klaus, a teacher in Catholic elementary schools for 39 years, died April 16 in St. Mary of the Angels Convent, Williamsville. She was 75.
Born in Buffalo, she was a 1962 graduate of Bishop O’Hern High School and attended Bryant and Stratton Business Institute before she entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1964. She professed her final vows on July 1, 1972, in St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Springville.
Sister Jean earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Medaille College and state teaching certification through SUNY Buffalo State. She taught kindergarten through eighth grade in several schools, including St. Gregory the Great in Amherst, SS. Peter and Paul in Hamburg, St. Aloysius in Springville, St. Mary’s in Lancaster and St. Vincent de Paul in Spring Brook.
Retiring from the classroom, she was a bookkeeper for the Catholic Academy in Buffalo and in the development offices at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Lancaster and St. Agnes School in Buffalo.
She loved sports and, along with teaching, served as an athletic director and coach for girls and boys in basketball, baseball, volleyball and track. For her service to elementary school athletic programs, she was awarded the St. Sebastian Award from the Diocese of Buffalo Department of Catholic Education in the first class of recipients in 1993.
She was initially known in religious life as Sister Mary Andrew, but later returned to her baptismal name.
Survivors include a brother, Robert, and nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of St. Mary of the Angels Convent, 201 Reist St., Williamsville.