Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletJuly 17, 2018

In Remembrance

Sister James Miriam Koeppe, CSJ


Sister James Miriam Koeppe, 89, died on Friday, May 4, 2018 at St. Joseph's Provincial House, Latham, N.Y. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 69 years.

Sister James Miriam was born on March 24, 1929 in Albany, daughter of the late George Koeppe and Marie Reilly. After graduating from Catholic Central High School in Troy, in 1948, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy, in 1948.

Sister James Miriam received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in elementary education, both from The College of Saint Rose. Sister James Miriam taught in elementary schools for 49 years in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. Upon her retirement from school, Sister James Miriam volunteered her services as a driver to take sisters to various appointments. She also served on the staff in the business office at St. Joseph's Provincial House.

When Sister James Miriam received the habit in 1949, she was given the name Sister James Miriam after her mother, Mary, and Monsignor James Hanrahan, who was the pastor of her home parish in Watervliet and someone for whom she had great respect.

 Sister James was a delight to live with in community and had a great sense of humor with community members. Sister James never minced her words and said exactly what she was thinking and was funny about it. Sister James Miriam had great devotion to her family. She also had great devotion to angels and always wore an angel pin. Her past-time favorites were working on her computer and shopping. She made lovely cards on her computer and distributed them at the appropriate time to family and friends. Unfortunately, as her eyesight began to diminish in recent years, she was no longer able to continue with her cards. As for her love of shopping, she had to be sure everything she purchased in clothing matched just perfectly.

Sister James Miriam is survived by her sister, Regina Schanz of Watervliet; her nephews, James, Thomas and Martin Schanz; and her nieces, Patricia Pollock and Nancy Opalka, as well as grandnieces and grandnephews.

Sister James Miriam's Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, May 8, from the chapel of St. Joseph's Provincial House, Latham.

Contributions in Sister James Miriam's memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.