Longtime educator, Sister Mary Keller, dies at age 92

September 20, 2009 by

Sister Mary Keller died Sept. 19, 2009, at Mt. Joseph Senior Village in Concordia. She was 92 years old and a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia for 71 years.


She was born in Collyer, Kan., on Feb. 25, 1917, to Peter and Mary Volk Keller, the 10th of 13 children, and was baptized Mary Magdalene. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Feb. 12, 1938. On Aug. 15, 1938, Mary received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia and was given the name Sister Mary Anthony. She pronounced first vows on Aug. 15, 1939, and final vows on Aug. 15, 1942. Two of Sister Mary’s sisters were also members of the congregation: Sister Francesca and Sister Renilda. Both preceded her in death.


Sister Mary received a bachelor’s degree in education from Marymount College in Salina and a master’s degree in school administration from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. She taught in schools staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Aurora and Chicago, Ill.; Grand Island, Neb.; and the Kansas cities of Concordia, Beloit, Salina and Collyer. She also served in administration in the schools of Grand Island and Salina. In 1997, she retired to Nazareth Motherhouse. She moved to Mt. Joseph Senior Village in 2006.
Sister Mary was preceded in death by her parents and 12 siblings.

A Bible Vigil Service will be held Sept. 21at 7 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel at the Motherhouse with Sister Christella Buser as the eulogist. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel with Father LeRoy Metro presiding. The burial will be in the Nazareth Motherhouse Cemetery.

Chaput-Buoy Mortuary, 325 W. 6th St., Concordia, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials for Sister Mary Keller may be given to the Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care/ Retirement Fund or the Apostolic Works of the Sisters; P.O Box 279, Concordia KS 66901.

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