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Sister Berta Sailer, BVM

Sister Berta Sailer, BVM died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo.

All services will be at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 1001 E. 52nd St., Kansas City, Mo.  Wake service will be Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, at 6 p.m. Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. followed by the Visitation. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, at 6 p.m. Private family burial will follow the Mass.

An obituary for Sister Berta published in the Kansas City Star states, “Sister Berta Sailer, was once hailed as the “Mother Teresa of Kansas City,”  At the age of 87 Sister Berta, who co-founded Operation Breakthrough, devoted her life and her voice to children and parents in poverty.

“She was born Judith Felice on Dec. 10, 1936, in Chicago, the only child of Cecelia Sailer. Raised by her grandmother, Bertha Sailer, young Judy spent time in the convent where her grandmother worked as a cook. She graduated high school in 1954, with dreams of serving the poor in Africa. Money was tight, and becoming a nun looked like the most feasible route to the life of service she envisioned. She entered Mount Carmel Convent in Dubuque, IA, where she took the name “Sister Berta,” to honor her grandmother. In 1957, she became a professed member of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, commonly known as “the BVMs.” She completed degrees in education and history at Mundelein College in Chicago and taught in Chicago Catholic schools. It was there that she encountered the forces that defined her life’s work.”

The full obituary is available at:

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003, or make an online gift.











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