Sister Emma Kriz, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 80, died Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System, Rochester, Minn. She was in the 61st year of her religious profession.
Sister Emma was born to George and Rose Agnes (Havlovic) on May 15, 1931, in Brainard, Neb. She entered St. Rose Convent in 1947, and made profession of vows in 1952. Sister Emma entered the education field, serving as a teacher and school principal for almost 50 years. Her first 30 years of teaching were in Wisconsin and Iowa. In 1983 she went to David as a teacher. She became principal of David School in 1987, and served in that position and as teacher until she moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin in 2005. She was called back to David School a year later. Due to health issues, she made St. Rose Convent in La Crosse her home in 2008.
Sister Emma had a passion for “helping students get a second chance.” She helped students feel good about themselves by building up their self-esteem and self-confidence, whether she was teaching mathematics or cooking. For almost 30 yeas, Sister Emma ministered to Appalachian high school dropouts and at-risk youth at David School as printicpal, teach, volunteer, coordinator, and school board chair.
Sister Emma is survived by her Franciscan community; her brother, George, of Winchester, Va.; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Rose, and three sisters, Mary Wetherell, Rosalie Kriz and Georgia Harrington.
Friends may call after 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, at St. Rose Convent, in La Crosse, Wis. A prayer service will be held that evening at 6:30 p.m. in Mary of the Angels Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, in the chapel. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, in La Crosse.
Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI 54601-4782.