Sister Climaca, 99, cook and domestic worker

March 30, 2006

Sister Climaca Goffus, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 73 years, died of heart disease March 21 at her order's retirement home in Aston, Pa. She was 99.

Born Mary Anna Goffus in Baltimore and raised on South Ellwood Avenue in Canton, she was a graduate of St. Brigid's parochial school before beginning work at Boston Street's Tin Decorating Co., known today as the Tindeco Wharf.

She entered the Roman Catholic religious order in 1931 and cooked and did domestic work in convents where she resided.

She cooked for the sisters at the St. Vincent de Paul Convent in downtown Baltimore, St. Joseph Convent in Fullerton and at the Shrine of the Little Flower Convent in Northeast Baltimore. From 1976 to 1987 she visited the sick and was a Eucharistic minister at SS. Philip and James parish in Charles Village.

She enjoyed reading, crocheting, and music.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday.

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