Sr. Josephine was born Ida Klara Koeppel in Widnau, Canton St. Gallen, Switzerland on March 24, 1921. She came to Lebanon, PA in 1928 because her biological father Franz (Frank) Koeppel was employed there as an embroiderer (he had immigrated in 1921, leaving his wife Emma (Frei) and 3 children behind).
Klara graduated from Lebanon Catholic High School in 1939 and after working in several jobs, joined the Carmelite Order of Loretto, PA, in April 1948, with First Profession on October 15, 1952. She helped form the Carmelite Monastery of the Sacred Heart and of the Holy Face in 1953, which moved to Elysburg, PA in 1961, where Sr. Josephine stayed the majority of her life.
Sr. Josephine received her BA from King’s College on March 19, 1994 and her Master of Christian Spirituality from Creighton University on August 12, 1994. She studied Edith Stein for 56 years (1952-2008) translating 3 of Edith Stein’s books from German to English, and writing 3 biographies of Stein.
Sister Josephine passed away on September 10, 2011.