Sister Joan Ann Koliss
Sister Joan Ann Koliss
Funeral services will be held July 19 in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pa., for Franciscan Sister Joan Ann Koliss who died July 12 at age 80. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

Sister Joan Ann had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 59 years. She was born in Orange, but later her family moved to Maryland where she was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and a graduate of Towson Catholic High School. She entered the congregation in 1960 and professed her first vows in 1963. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Neumann University, Aston, Pa., a master’s degree in religious studies from St. Michael’s College, and a master’s in spirituality from Creighton University. Sister Joan Ann ministered primarily in education and pastoral and social services. She was certified in spiritual direction. In 2006 she was awarded the Granite State Award from the New Hampshire Council of the Knights of Columbus for her outreach work.

Sister Joan Ann served for 20 years in the Diocese of Trenton, where she taught at Immaculate Conception School, Trenton; Holy Angels School and St. Raphael School, both Hamilton. She also worked for eight years as a pastoral associate in St. Mary Parish, Colt’s Neck.

Other archdioceses/dioceses where she served included Philadelphia; Washington, Manchester, Wilmington, Harrisburg and Camden.

She is survived by a cousin, along with several nieces and nephews and her Franciscan family.

Memorial donations can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, Pa., 19014.