Oldest Sister, Agnes Bernita Green, dies at age 101

November 15, 2016 by

Sister Agnes Bernita Green

Sister Agnes Bernita Green

Sister Agnes Bernita Green, who last month celebrated her 101st birthday, died this morning (Nov. 15, 2016) at Mount Joseph Senior Village in Concordia. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph for 82 years, and was the oldest member of the Concordia congregation.

The vigil service will be Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia. The Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, also at the Motherhouse. Burial will follow in the Nazareth Convent Cemetery.

She was born Laura Green on Oct. 4, 1915, in Seward, Neb., to Edward R. and Katherine Meadows Green. Laura was 19 when she was received into the Sisters of St. Joseph, and given the religious name of Agnes Bernita, making her the namesake of her late aunt who had also been a Sister of St. Joseph.

Sister Agnes Bernita professed her first vows on Aug. 15, 1935, and her final vows on Aug. 15, 1939.

She began her 45-year teaching career in 1935, and eventually taught every level from kindergarten to college. In Kansas, she taught in Aurora, Beloit, Collyer, Concordia, Junction City, Park, Salina (at Sacred Heart Grade School and High School and at Marymount College), Tipton and Vincent. She also taught in Grand Island and Sidney, Neb.; El Paso, Texas; and Chicago.

When she retired from teaching in 1980, she went to Grand Island, Neb., for 10 years, working in the hospital business office and ministering as a hospital chaplain. Then she returned to Kansas and ministered for another 13 years, first as a chaplain at what was then St. John’s Hospital and then in other health care settings in Salina.

She moved to the Motherhouse in 2004, and celebrated her 80th anniversary as a Sister of St. Joseph in 2014. When she celebrated her 100th birthday in 2015, she said, “It’s been a life filled with joy; I always wanted to be a teacher – and that’s what I was.”


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Memorials for Sister Agnes Bernita Green 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. To make an online donation in Sister Aggie B’s memory, click on the button below:



5 Responses to “Oldest Sister, Agnes Bernita Green, dies at age 101”

  1. Edward R. Woodson on November 22nd, 2016 5:45 pm

    I wish to echo the thoughts of my two sisters over the passing into heaven of our aunt, Sister “Agie Ber” , as Toni pointed out our mom called her. Like Sister Toni I too would love to have been there when she and our beloved mother met in heaven. I remember with great fondness her periodic visits to our home in Fullerton, California when we were all little. She also visited our home in California a couple of times in the mid-nineties. How she loved to see the ocean! I also joyously remember the great tour she gave my wife and I when we visited her in the summer of 1992 as we motored across the nation and made a memorable stop in Salina, Kansas. She proudly pointed out every house of every “A” student she had at the local college. She is missed but we celebrate the life of a great person. We are all better to have known her! May she rest in Peace!

  2. Sister Toni Woodson on November 22nd, 2016 5:07 pm

    Heartfelt thanks to CSJ Concordia, Kansas! My dear aunt, Sr. Aggie B, as my mother called her, was such a delight when we her nieces and nephews visited her for her 100th birthday at the Motherhouse. Many blessings for all the sisters she leaves as she joins her loved ones in heaven. I sure wish I could witness my mother, Jean and Laura, greeting each other in Heaven! Both women were saints in their own vocations here on Earth! May the spirit of these two great women bless us each day!
    Sr. Toni Woodson, Community of the Holy Spirit

  3. Barbara (Jody) Vogt on November 22nd, 2016 4:07 pm

    Thank you for taking such good care of her these past several years. We loved coming to Concordia to visit her. Her 100th birthday was one we will never ever forget.

  4. Yvonne Gibbons on November 15th, 2016 11:37 am

    I first met her at Marymount. She was my math teacher, but we found out that her parents lived in my hometown, Worland, Wyomimg, and her siblings were friends of my aunt and uncle. From that point on, she called me her niece, and she was my auntie. Such a sense of humor and such a love for life. I will miss her.

  5. Betsy Gasperich-Miller on November 15th, 2016 9:45 am

    Thank you for your loving service! Sending love, prayerful hugs & healing energies on your transition! Keep remembering us in your prayers so we heal as a nation and as a people!

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