Sister Claudia Marie Amrod, CSJ
Sister Claudia Marie Amrod, CSJ

Sister Claudia Marie Amrod, CSJ, 73, died Feb. 23 at the Albany Medical College Hospital. She had been a Sister of St Joseph of Carondelet for the past 53 years.

Sister Claudia was born Aug. 7, 1947 in Albany, daughter of the late Vincent and Loretta Schmitt Amrod. After graduating from St. Mary of the Snow Elementary School in Saugerties and St. Patrick’s High School in Catskill, Sister Claudia entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 15, 1965 and professed final vows on Aug. 11, 1973.

Sister Claudia earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from The College of Saint Rose in 1970 and then taught in several high schools in the Diocese of Albany: St. Mary’s in Hudson; Catholic Central High School in Troy; and Keveny Memorial Academy in Cohoes. She also earned a master’s degree at Colgate University in Hamilton and later completed several programs offered by the Boston Archdiocese Theology Program.

In 1968, Sister Claudia, with Sister Concetta Cuscianna, CSJ, moved to Arlington, Mass., where Sister Claudia taught mathematics at Arlington Catholic High School. In 2009, Sister Claudia left her teaching position at Arlington High School and was deeply touched when students and faculty surprised her with a festive celebration. They continued to keep contact with her after she returned to New York.

Sisters Claudia and Connie moved to Ballston Lake and quickly became involved in Our Lady of Grace Parish; they joined the knitters’ circle and were part of several Scripture study groups. When failing health necessitated a move to St Joseph’s Provincial House for both sisters, parishioners visited and called regularly.

Sister Claudia is survived by her sisters, Karen Ingle, Barbara Petrus and Loretta Beaumont; her brother, Joseph, many nieces and nephews, other relatives, dear friends, and the Sisters of St. Joseph. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Mark. Due to continued health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public visitation or funeral services for Sister Claudia at this time. A Memorial Mass will be scheduled at a later date.