Sister Antonia Klausner, a neighborhood treasures dies at 93


Sister Antonia Klausner, who was in her 77th year of service as a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth and currently involved in fund raising for an auditorium on the Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (SMEMC) campus passed away on Feb. 4, at the age of 93.

Sister Klausner served as director of the Saint Mary of Nazareth School of Nursing from 1965 to 1986, the school from which she received her nursing education. Her bachelor of science in nursing  was from DePaul University in Chicago and her master of science in nursing was from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Her current work at SMEMC included preparing the medical center for the accreditation survey process and served as coordinator for the Medical Center to become a Magnet Recognition Program, which recognizes nursing excellence at facilities in the nation.

In the nomination letter for the Illinois Nursing Award (INA) presented to Sister Klausner in October 2011, it stated, "This award recognizes an individual who has consistently contributed to the improvement of adult continuing education and staff development, and taken a leadership role within nursing practice. Sister Klausner has exemplified these qualities through her career and is held in high esteem by those who have worked by her side."

Seen about campus and at many community events, Sister Antonia was an energetic woman scurrying about with determination and a smile. She often said, "I love my work with my heart and soul."  And so she too was loved by members of her community, the Medical Center and the larger community. She will be missed, but her work will speak for her as SMEMC moves forward partially as a result of her efforts.

There will be wake at two locations, both on Fri., Feb. 10: Saint Mary Chapel, 2233 W. Division St. from noon to 2 p.m. and at Provincialate, 310 N. River Rd, Des Plaines from 5 to 8 p.m. The funeral mass will be Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. in St. Emily Church, 1400 E. Central Rd., Mt. Prospect.




Sister Antonia Endless Love

One of the many things that impressed me from Sister Antonia was her continuous caring and love for her former nursing students. She would visit them at the Nursing Homes, Hospice and attend their wakes. I often provided her with rides all over the Chicago area and suburbs, it was a joy conversing with her as Sister would tell beautiful stories about her former students and friends. It never failed a stop at Dunkin' Dunuts for her favorite donut and her favotity cup of coffee. Sister Antonia was a beautiful person to know. God bless her soul. Cesar E. Troya.

It certainly was an honor

It certainly was an honor knowing someone like Sister Antonia who was so good at living just the way God wants us to. I personally found her to be inspirational who set high standards for herself. Sister was very close to her family and was able to share many happy moments with them. She dedicated so many years providing care to patients and devoting her time and talent to this institution. She took pride in her work and the final result was always outstanding. The grounds she walked at Saint's Mary and Elizabeth were holy and she will certainly be missed to say the least. Her spirit touched me deeply and I am thankful for the opportunity of having shared many memorable moments with her. Sister Antonia will be remembered as a caring and Godly individual who went out of her way to exceed in all she did. All the years’ shared will now be a beautiful memory. Rest in Peace my dear friend, in the warm embrace of our Lord. “Seldom have so few, served so many, for so long, so well”. Death cannot kill love and human hands can’t bury it. Today we give praise For a life lived well.

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