Sister Mary Jo (Martin Mary) Keane, BVM died at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center on Friday, April 28, 2023.
Visitation, the Sharing of Memories and Mass of Christian Burial were on May 5, 2023. Burial was in the Mount Carmel cemetery.
Sister Mary Jo was born Sept. 6, 1934, in Chicago to Martin and Catherine (Rowland Keane. She entered the BVM congregation Aug. 2, 1959, from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Chicago. She professed first vows on Feb. 2, 1962, and final vows on July 16, 1967.
Sister Mary Jo was a secondary teacher at The Immaculata, Mount Carmel HS, and the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Chicago; Xavier HS in St. Louis; and Bellarmine-Jefferson in Burbank, Calif. She ministered as a social worker in the Chicago Public Schools. She served the congregation as office staff in Dubuque, Iowa, and office manager in Los Gatos, Calif.
“Near and dear to her heart was the time she spent as a reader at Misericordia, a care community for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities. She soon discovered that the residents could “speak” with their eyes. ‘Some have extremely happy personalities. . . I feel a joy and spirituality in each of [them]. . . There is a glint in their eyes some days that I could not mistake for anything but the presence of God.’ She found deep fulfillment in her ministry at Misericordia.” (Eulogy).
She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Thomas Hoban, sister Patricia (Harold “Bing”) Carlson, and brother-in-law George Wendell. She is survived by a sister Catherine “Kay” Wendell, Scottsdale, Ariz.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 63 years.
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