Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletNovember 12, 2018

In Remembrance

Sister Jeanne Kelly, CSJ


Sister Jeanne Kelly, CSJ (Sister Jeanne Monica), 93, died Monday, September 3, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 74 years.

Sister Jeanne was born on November 23, 1924, in Syracuse, NY, daughter of the late William and Mary Burns Kelly. After graduating from St. John’s Catholic Academy, she worked as a secretary at General Electric for two years. On August 15, 1944, Sister Jeanne entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy, NY, and professed final vows on August 15, 1949. She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and French and a master’s degree in French, both from The College of Saint Rose. For 25 years, Sister Jeanne taught math and French in schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. For the remainder of her active years, she served in clerical and volunteer work at the Bishop Harrison Center and the Chancery in Syracuse. Sister Jeanne has lived at St. Joseph’s Provincial House for the past 10 years.

Sister Jeanne was a gracious, faith-filled woman. An excellent teacher of mathematics and French, she worked diligently to inspire students with her own love of learning and to create a challenging, nurturing classroom environment. During her years in the clerical field, Sister Jeanne’s organizational abilities mixed with her interpersonal skills, lovely appearance and friendly demeanor to create a staff member welcome in any office. Her deep respect for others was shown in her ability to listen empathetically, and her genuine interest in others made her a wonderful conversationalist. Sister Jeanne leaves us a lasting legacy of the influence of a caring heart, and she will be dearly missed.

Sister Jeanne is survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and their families and by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and Edward Kelly; and two sisters, Dorothy Webb and Kathryn Houde.

Sister Jeanne’s Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, September 7, at 10:30 a.m. from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Contributions in Sister Jeanne’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.