Putnam – Sr. Celine Krafton, 90, of Thurber Rd, died Wednesday, October 15, 2014, in Matulaitis Nursing Home. Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late John and Anastazija (Zujute) Kriauciunaite.
Sr. Celine Krafton completed her elementary education in Lawrence, MA and entered the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception on December 19, 1940 and gave her first vows on August 15, 1942. Upon entering the convent, she completed her high school education at the Putnam Catholic Academy, graduating with the class of 1943.
Sr. Celine studied early childhood education in St. Joseph’s College, West Hartford CT. When assigned to Montreal, she completed St. Joseph Teacher’s College. For most of her religious life she worked with pre-school children. It was during her years at Immaculata Day Care teaching kindergarten, that she experienced the early symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. With the gradual weakening of her body, in 1969 she was transferred to Matulaitis Nursing Home. Sr. Celine lived out her daily routine spending hours of prayer, meditation, and gazing at the crucifix. When asked how she withstood her condition, she would said “He is my courage and my strength.” Her smile was ever present. The eve of her passing, with full awareness, she said, “I’m ready to go now.” She died peacefully October 15th, the founding day of her religious community.
Sr. Celine’s body will be received at the Immaculate Conception Convent, 600 Liberty Highway, on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm followed by visitation until 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Matulaitis Nursing Home Chapel, 10 Thurber Rd., Putnam, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 10:30 am followed by burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Convent, 600 Liberty Highway, Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.