Sister Jo Anne Sistrunk, SCL

Sister Jo Anne Sistrunk, SCL

The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCLs) mourn the loss of Sister Jo Anne Sistrunk, 65, who died on Sept. 2 at Select Specialty Hospital, Kansas City, Kan. She was an artist, photographer, person of strong convictions, friend for life to many, and a caring individual, especially for her religious Community, her family, children, the elderly and individuals with special needs.

Jo Anne Sistrunk was born June 24, 1952, in Okmulgee, Okla., to Joe and Harriett Kyles Sistrunk. She grew up in Kansas City, Mo., and graduated from Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Lillis High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kan.

Jo Anne entered the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on Aug. 29, 1976 and, as Sister Jo Anne, professed vows on Aug. 15, 1979. She was an SCL for 41 years.

She taught before joining the religious community. As an SCL, she continued teaching primary grades in Kansas City, Mo. She also did parish outreach to the elderly and gradually transitioned to the role of pastoral associate in Kansas City, Mo., parishes, including Blessed Sacrament, her home parish. From 1995 through 2004, Sister Jo Anne was a certified professional, assisting persons with special needs. She returned to the Mother House in 2009. In her ministry as a volunteer, she applied her artistic and photographic talents to produce presentations to commemorate the lives of other SCLs.

Sister Jo Anne gifted family and friends with her works of art, signed “Black Rose,” her artistic name. She mentored and championed artists in her family. She also was the family genealogist both in words and in photos that she was forever snapping of her beloved siblings and their families.

Survivors include Manuel Barnett (Marcella), Aurora, Colo.; Marion Malimba, Arlington, Texas; Julia Taylor (David), Denver, Colo.; Lacey Sistrunk (Myra), Stone Mountain, Ga.; Lewis Sistrunk (Monica), Shawnee, Kan.; nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews; and the SCL Community. Her parents preceded her in death.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, KS 66048.


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