Funeral services were held March 18 in Assisi House, Aston, Pa., for Franciscan Sister Theodore Klingseisen, who died March 12 at age 98. A professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 77 years, Sister Theodore was born in Bavaria, Germany. She entered the congregation in 1940 and professed her first vows in 1942. Sister Theodore earned a bachelor of science degree in education and master of arts degree in Latin from Villanova University, Villanova, Pa. She also earned a scholarship grant to study in Rome.
Sister Theodore primarily ministered in elementary and secondary education in schools in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia and Baltimore and the Dioceses of Trenton, Allentown and Harrisburg. In the Trenton Diocese, she taught in St. Anthony School, Hamilton, and McCorristin Catholic High School (now Trenton Catholic Academy), Hamilton.
Following her teaching career, Sister Theodore served in pastoral ministry with the sick, during which she spent time working in the pastoral care department of St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton.
Sister Theodore is survived by nieces, nephews and by her Franciscan family. Burial was in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Aston.
Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, Pa., 19014.