Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, June 21, 2018

ENFIELD – Felician Sister Mary Alda Kosiba, 98, died on June 16 at Holy Family Infirmary in Enfield.

Born in East Haddam to the late Stanley and Antoinette (Kalita) Kosiba, the former Mary Kosiba graduated from St. Mary School in Middletown before entering the juniorate of the Felician Sisters in Lodi, N.J. She became a postulant in 1929 in Lodi, transferred in 1934 to the newly established Our Lady of the Angels Province in Enfield and pronounced her perpetual vows in 1937.

Sister Alda earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in education from Catholic Teachers College in Providence, R.I.; and Fordham University, respectively. She ministered for 40 years in schools conducted by the Felician Sisters, including in the archdioceses of Hartford and Boston and the dioceses of Albany, N.Y.; Baltimore; Providence; and Fall River, Springfield and Worcester, Mass.

Sister Alda was the provincial secretary of her community from 1970-72 and was on the provincial council from 1972-82. She was the province’s assistant archivist and portress from 1982-2004, when she moved to the infirmary because of declining health.

She was preceded in death by her parents and six brothers, Joseph, Walter, Theodore, Francis, Edward and Bernard. She is survived by her sister, Stacie Smith of Newtown; a nephew and several nieces.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 19 in the convent chapel. Commendation followed in the Felician Sisters plot in St. Adalbert Cemetery in Enfield.