Sister Gervase Kamas, who taught for nearly 40 years in various diocesan schools, died Oct. 11, 2005, in her native Elmira at the age of 88.
Sister Kamas entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1934 from her home parish of St. Casimir. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Nazareth College in 1944 and her master’s degree from St. Bonaventure University in 1952.
Her teaching assignments were at St. Ambrose, St. Stanislaus, Sacred Heart and St. Francis Xavier schools, all in Rochester; St. Patrick, Mt. Morris; and St. Mary Our Mother, Horseheads. She taught for one year at Elmira Correctional Institute and in 1976 became a substitute teacher in Elmira, continuing in that role until her 1995 retirement.
Sister Kamas is survived by her sister, Lucille; cousins; and her sisters in the congregation. Her funeral liturgy was celebrated Oct. 14, 2005, in the motherhouse chapel in Rochester, with interment at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Elmira.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 150 French Road, Rochester, NY 14618.