Obituaries, Week of Feb. 25, 2023

Sister St. Claude Lenox, a sister of St. Joseph for 73 years, died on Feb. 1 at St. Joseph Convent, Brentwood, her home for 15 years. She was 92. 

She was the daughter of George and Catherine Lenox and attended St. Michael’s School, 42nd St., and Manual Training High School, Brooklyn. After her entrance to the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1949, her first ministry assignment was as a first-grade teacher at St. Cecilia’s School, Brooklyn, for five years. Sister Claude, then, was sent to Puerto Rico, where she flourished as a second-grade teacher in Colegios Santa Teresita and San Conrado, Ponce, from 1956 to 1963, and received her BA in Philosophy at the Catholic University of Puerto Rico in 1962. 

Upon returning to the states, she taught at Holy Family School, Flushing, and began working toward her MA in Spanish, which she received in 1966 from Middlebury College, Vermont. Between 1964 and 1988, Sister Claude taught Spanish in the Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica; Holy Family High School, Huntington; and Stella Maris High School, Rockaway Park. 

Her next pursuits were an MA in Theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington as she simultaneously became the Director of Religious Education in St. Camillus Parish, Rockaway, from 1988 to 2007. Finally, St. Joseph Convent/Motherhouse Brentwood claimed Sister Claude as their Assistant Coordinator and Pastoral Care Minister. 

Father William Sweeney celebrated her Mass of Christian Burial on Feb. 8 in Sacred Heart Chapel, Brentwood, followed by her burial in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.