HAMDEN Sister Claudia Ann Troia, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died on June 24 at Sacred Heart Manor in Hamden. She was 87.
Sister Claudia Ann, a daughter of the late Vincent and Rosalia (Briguglio) Troia, was born on Sept. 12, 1921, in St. Louis, Mo. She entered her congregation in 1937 in New Haven and professed her first vows in 1940.
Sister Claudia Ann received a degree in education from Mount Mercy College (now Carlo University) in Pittsburgh, Pa. For more than 50 years, she ministered in parishes, elementary schools, nurseries and kindergartens in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Missouri and Connecticut, where she worked at St. Michael School and St. Donato Parish, both in New Haven. In 1993 she became an Apostle Adorer, devoting herself to prayer.
She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Mary Ann Schaefer. She is survived by two cousins, Antoinette Mantia of Ballwin, Mo., and Joseph Troia of Florissant, Mo.; and a nephew, Charles Schaeffer of Belleville, Ill.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 26 in the chapel of Sacred Heart Manor. Interment followed in All Saints Cemetery in North Haven.