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In Memory

Sr. Amata died with her “boots on”

Sr. Amata died with her “boots on”



Sr. Kochutheresia served as a house administrator in different houses. In Stella Maris Chennai, Palluruty, Kattiparambu, Bangalore, Kazipet, Hyderabad, etc. In St. Claire School Ramagundam, she taught Craft in the Primary Section sharing her artistic talents there and in other communities too.

Here in Maria Assunta she looked after the visiting sisters and hospitality, preparing their rooms with great interest, never tiring to care for their every need, to give them a comfortable stay and make them feel at home in Maria Assunta. You would find every room with a beautiful handmade welcome card and an artistic flower vase.

She was involved in the Jesus Youth Ministry; some of the Youth were present for the funeral Mass. They sang at the offertory and communion in Malayalam during the Celebration. The nurses from Kerala found a mother in her, turning to her in their need. She was a comfort to them, very approachable, kind, generous and loving, reaching out to them whenever they approached her. She was very generous to the poor and found ways and means of helping them. She was very faithful to her duties at the parlour, willingly offering to replace anyone when they were unable to be on duty. Above all, she was a prayerful person very close to God. Early in the morning, you would find her in the chapel and during meditation appreciating nature in the garden.

She shared her God given talents in art and dance, and offered to be on the entertainment committee of the Community. She enjoyed dressing in funny costumes to amuse the audience. When situation turned tense she would intervene with a funny anecdote or a joke, making us laugh and thus ease the atmosphere.

Amata enjoyed good health in her early life but as age progressed her legs became very feeble and she suffered much pain with Diabetic Neuropathy, high blood pressure and other ailments, for quite some time. Recently she had a fall and fractured her right cheek bone. She had a clot in her brain and her right side was paralysed. Sr. Kochutheresia breathed her last on 24th January 2020 after a short time in bed. The last few days were painful. We miss Amata in the Community, but we are happy that her pains and sufferings are no more.