Sister Mary Kathleen (Catherine) Kelly

Obit-Kelly-Sr-Kathleen-BWSister Mary Kathleen (Catherine) Kelly, 94, died Sept. 14, 2013, at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Francis Convent, Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Sister Kathleen was born Jan. 9, 1919, in Leaf Valley. She was the second of 10 children born to the late Mike and Laura (Kapphahn) Kelly. She was accepted as a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls, Aug. 12, 1942. She made her first profession of vows, Aug. 12, 1944, and final vows Aug. 12, 1947. She was a Franciscan Sister for 71 years. Sister Kathleen had the humor and quick wit of a typical Irish person. She had a wide range of interests, one being her great love of baseball. She was knowledgeable on a wide range of topics and was often sought after for various committee work that she accepted with enthusiasm and hard work. She could cut to the heart of the matter under consideration in a quiet, unassuming way. She was the kind of person who would accomplish a lot of work with no fan-fare. As the director of the Morrison County Food Shelf, she assisted many of the poor of the area. She helped many people who fell between the cracks of other programs for the poor. Her days were long, her concern sincere and her generosity was unlimited. Sister Kathleen received a bachelors degree from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, and a Master’s degree from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis. She also studied at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.; University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind.; and St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, N.Y. Sister Kathleen ministered as a teacher, professor, instructor of nurses, social worker, religious consultant, justice coordinator, pastoral minister, marriage counselor, lecturer and campus minister. She served on many boards and committees in her religious, civic and diocesan communities, including the Catholic Charities Board of the Diocese of St. Cloud. She served in Little Falls, Morris, Fergus Falls, Sauk Centre, St. Cloud, Crookston, Winona and Sauk Rapids, LaCrosse, Wis.; and was part of the faculty of theology and pastoral care at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and served as Campus Minister in Newman Center at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sister Kathleen received WCCO Good Neighbor Award, recognizing her work with the Morrison County Food Shelf. She was also the recipient of the Mayors Pride Award for the city of Little Falls.
Sister Kathleen was preceded in death by her siblings, Winifred Glatzel, Mark, Mary Spielmann, Michael, Warren and Austin. Survivors include siblings, Patricia Good, Belen, N.M., Lorean (Elmer) Reber, St. Joseph and Jerome (Sharon) of Buffalo; sisters-in-law, Rosalinda Kelly and Marion Kelly; nieces, nephews and her Franciscan Community.
Donations to Franciscan Sisters Ministries preferred.

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