Sister Joanna Krupa, SSC
Sister Joanna Krupa, SSC, a Missionary Sister of St. Columban, Sister Joanna Krupa passed away on Wednesday, October 4th after a short illness. She had lived at St. Columban’s on the Lake Retirement Home in Silver Creek, NY until shortly before her death.
Sister Joanna was born in Toronto, Ontario, on November 26, 1931, to Maria Prydun and Kazimierz Krupa, and received her early education in that city. When she responded to the call to commit her life to God and to the service of others, she chose the Irish missionary order of Columban Sisters, and became a Postulant in Boston, Massachusetts in the fall of 1957. At her first Profession on October 3rd, 1960 she received the Religious name of Sister Mary Trinita. She continued her studies at The University of NY at Buffalo where she received a degree in Occupational Therapy. A woman of immense talent and great compassion, Joanna was assigned to the Columban Sisters’ mission in Peru where she spent the next forty years.
In a community of great poverty, and with few resources to address the needs of children with a range of disabilities, Sister Joanna worked tirelessly to provide support systems for children and their parents to give them a sense of not only God’s love for each one of them, but of their own intrinsic worth. Her creativity and ingenuity knew no bounds and she frequently designed special tools and equipment, or adapted furniture to meet the specific needs of individuals. Photos from her years in Peru show her taking children in her arms, working to bring each child to their full potential.
After four decades in South America, Joanna returned to this country and resided with the Columban Sisters at St. Columban’s on the Lake, where she would slip from time to time into the Spanish language she had spoken for so long among her beloved Peruvian people. Predeceased by her parents, brothers Stan and Peter, and Peter’s wife Pauline, Joanna is survived by her brother Ted and his wife Winnie Krupa, sisterin law Kay, and nieces and nephews. Her memory will be treasured by the Columban Sisters, her family, and friends in Peru,and around the world.
Family and friends may call at St. Columban’s on the Lake Chapel on Sunday, October 8th, from 3pm to 6pm, concluding with a prayer service. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, October 9th, in the chapel at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sister Joanna’s memory to the Missionary Sisters of St. Columban at 2546 Lake Road, Silver Creek, NY, 14136 in support of the Sisters’ work in Lima, Peru.
Arrangements are by the McGrawKowal Funeral Home.