Sisters of Notre Dame…Missioned to Incarnate the Love of our good and provident God

Sister Mary Elaine       

Sister Mary Elaine                  ND 4698                PDF Download

(formerly Sr. Mary de Angelo)

Elaine Ruth Krebs

Immaculate Conception Province, USA

Date and Place of Birth               June 6, 1930                   Newport, KY
Date and Place of Profession    August 16, 1959             Covington, KY
Date and Place of Death             December 6, 2022          Covington, KY
Date and Place of Burial             December 10, 2022       Covington, KY

Sister Mary Elaine (formerly Sister Mary de Angelo) was born into the loving family of Stephen and Carolyn Krebs as the third in a family of five children. The family was happy and faith-filled. Their Catholic religion was valued and became a very important element in their everyday life. Elaine received her elementary education at St. Stephen School, Newport, Kentucky, and graduated from Notre Dame Academy, Covington, Kentucky. After high school, Elaine studied cosmetology and became a successful beautician for several years. After God’s constant reminders, she answered the call and entered the Sisters of Notre Dame community in September 1956.

Sister Elaine received her Bachelor of Arts at Villa Madonna College (Thomas More University), and her Master of Education at the University of Kentucky. Her classroom teaching ministry spanned over forty-five years, starting with the first grade at St. John, Covington, Kentucky. She continued to teach primary grades in the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky, and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, her ministry took her as far as Our Lady of Fatima School, Birmingham, Alabama, and Holy Trinity School, in Harlan, Kentucky. Sister was instrumental in helping children who needed a bit more help to overcome reading difficulties. Her longest and final ministry was at St. Therese School, Southgate, Kentucky, where she served for eighteen years. Sister was known as a kind, quiet and consistent teacher. She felt education was a profession that strengthened children’s faith in God’s love and goodness.

When Sister Elaine was diagnosed with dementia, she moved to St. Joseph Heights in 2006. Though some days were harder than others, she was always delighted by visits from her sister Bernice, to whom she was especially close. Visits with other family members also brought her much joy.

As time went on Sister became less communicative but kept her gentle manner. She was truly full of God’s love and shared it to all who were in contact with her.

Sister Mary Elaine went home to God peacefully on December 6, 2022. May she now be embraced by the limitless love and peace of our good and gracious God.

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