Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletJune 26, 2017

In Remembrance

Sister Marie Denise Monser, CSJ


Sister Marie Denise Monser, CSJ, 91, died Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at home in Oneonta. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 64 years.

Sister Marie Denise, the former Esther Mary Monser, was born on June 14, 1925 in Oneonta, daughter of the late Francis and Shelby Nader Monser. She graduated from Oneonta High School and Lowell Business School and worked for Ozalid Corporation in Binghamton. On March 19, 1952, Sister Marie entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy, NY, and professed final vows on August 15, 1959. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in speech and hearing, both from The College of Saint Rose. For 57 years, she served as teacher and principal in schools of the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. Since 2011, Sister Marie has been a parish minister at St. Mary’s Parish, Oneonta.

Sister Marie Denise was a dedicated educator for nearly six decades, working closely with parents and families to ensure the best possible outcome for the students. Later in her life, she was devoted to bringing the Gospel message to St. Mary’s parishioners, and she delighted in the many pastoral relationships she developed. Sister Marie cherished her last years in Oneonta and the opportunity to return to her roots to spend time with her family. Her lifelong service, guided by her deep faith and concern for others, is Sister Marie’s lasting legacy.

Sister Marie Denise is survived by two sisters, Madolyn Danzi and Katherine Kaufman; several nieces and nephews and their families; and the Sisters of St. Joseph. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Marion Barton and Pauline Colone; and two brothers, Francis and Thomas Monser.

Sister Marie’s Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, December 9, in St. Mary’s Church. Burial took place Friday afternoon in the cemetery at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Contributions in Sister Marie’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.