Sister Margaret Keeshan, CSJ
Sister Margaret Keeshan, CSJ, (Sister Clarence Paul), 92, died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham. Sister Margaret had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 74 years.
Sister Margaret was born in Albany, daughter of the late Clarence and Elizabeth Flanagan Keeshan. After graduating from CathedralAcademy, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1934. Sister Margaret received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in biology, both from The College of Saint Rose and a doctorate in biology from St. John’sUniversity. After teaching at St. Lawrence School and CatholicCentralHigh School in Troy, and St. Lucy’s High School in Syracuse, Sister Margaret served several years at The College of Saint Rose as professor of biology. In 1966, she was named president of Saint Rose, a position she held for four years. After completing her term as president, Sister Margaret taught biology and mathematics to Native-American children at the RedCloudIndianSchool in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, before returning to Saint Rose to resume her professorship in biology. Upon her retirement from Saint Rose, Sister Margaret remained on campus for another eight years where she was a gardener and a prayer witness, still teaching informally the beauty of creation.
Sister Margaret was a scholar, a scientist, a teacher and a woman of faith. Whether she was showing her students the complexities of cells and the sheer beauty of all living things, developing relationships with important college constituencies or tending to her rose garden, Sister Margaret imbued her tasks with gentleness, humor and integrity. Her generous spirit will rest in a high place in the hearts of those who love her.
Sister Margaret is survived by several cherished nieces and nephews and their families, many friends and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her beloved brothers and sisters: Rev. Paul Keeshan, Clarence Keeshan, Jane Doyle and Elizabeth Duclos; and by many dear friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Margaret’s funeral Liturgy was held Thursday, April 3, in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of VirginsCemetery on the Provincial House grounds.
Contributions in Sister Margaret’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY12110.