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Sister Helen Mary McKeever

June 9, 2014

Sister Helen Mary McKeever died on Monday, June 9, at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse. She was born on June 14, 1920 in Cape Vincent, NY, the oldest daughter of Fred and Geraldine Constance McKeever.

She graduated as valedictorian from St. Mary's Catholic School in Clayton, NY. She attended the Watertown School of Commerce and was employed as secretary to Sprague Chevrolet Car Company and at Bagley and Sewell Company for several years. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on December 29, 1946, and received the habit on July 1, 1947. She professed final vows on August 28, 1952. She earned a BS in Education at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY and a MS in Library Science at Syracuse University.

Sister Helen Mary served for many years as a teacher in grade school and high school, in religious education, and in social work throughout the Diocese. She was Assistant Librarian at Mater Dei college in Ogdensburg, NY from 1969 - 1975. From 1975 until her retirement in 2001, Sister was Assistant Librarian and Director of the Library at Immaculate Heart Central in Watertown, NY, completing 53 years of ministry in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. In 1990, Sister Helen Mary received the New York Library Association Award for Commendable Service in Librarianship.

Sister Helen Mary was predeceased by her parents and by two sisters, Norma Wetterhahn and Audrey McKeever. She is survived by her sister, Justine Hacker, Ovilla, TX, and nephews and nieces, including Gerry and Kathryn Wetterhahn, Julie and Steven Dillenback, Dr. Joseph and Regina Wetterhahn, Jon and Patricia Wetterhahn, David and Linda Hacker, Jonathan and Anjie Hacker, and Debbie and Ronald Hunt; a close friend, Denise Wetterhahn, and several cousins, great nephews, and great nieces.

Funeral arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. Calling hours are on June 11, Wednesday, in the afternoon and evening at the Motherhouse. The funeral liturgy will be on June 12, Thursday, at 2:00 PM at the Motherhouse with Rev. Donald Robinson, her cousin, being the main celebrant. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Online condolences to her family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.

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