Sister Carmelita, McKeever, CSJ
Sister Carmelita McKeever, CSJ, 92, died Thursday, September 28, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Sister Carmelita had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 64 years.
Sister Carmelita, the former Mary Eunice McKeever, was born August 10, 1914, in Englewood, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Edward and Mary O’Neil McKeever. She attended EnglewoodBusinessCollege and then worked in the clerical field for ten years. In 1942, Sister Carmelita entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and professed final vows in 1947. Sister Carmelita received a bachelor’s degree from The College of Saint Rose and a master’s degree from the University at Albany. In addition, she participated in numerous workshops on poetry and writing.
Sister Carmelita spent the first 25 years of her religious life as a teacher in elementary and secondary schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses and nearly 25 years at The College of Saint Rose in the registrar’s office and in the Degree Program for Experienced Adults.
A poet at heart, Sister Carmelita was a quiet, gentle woman who brought a gracious spirit of hospitality to those around her. Her poetry will continue to inspire awe in the beauty of creation and wonder in the mystery of God’s grace.
Sister Carmelita leaves a sister-in-law, Estelle Kimmet of Winter Park, FL, several nieces and nephews, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She was predeceased by two brothers, Edward and Donald, and by many beloved friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Carmelita’s funeral Liturgy was held Tuesday, October 3, from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds.
Contributions in Sister Carmelita’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY12110.