Obituary and Funeral Liturgy of Sr. Maryellen Keefe, OSU
Sr. Maryellen Keefe, OSU (aka Sr. St. Martin) of the Bronx, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 12, at Andrus on Hudson, Hastings on Hudson, NY after a long illness. Maryellen was born June 28, 1936, in New York, the daughter of Mary Horan and Martin Keefe.
She was a graduate of the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula, the College of New Rochelle, Fordham University and the University of Delaware where she received a PhD in English Literature.
Maryellen loved literature and spent her life teaching literature and educating students on all levels. She was also a student of the subject herself and often did extra summer courses to further her own knowledge, including Japanese and Latin American Literature, as well as Modern Irish Drama.
Sr. Maryellen ministered in served in several Ursuline schools, including Ursuline Academy, Springfield MA, Ursuline Academy, Wilmington, DE, Ursuline Academy, Bethesda, MD. She also taught at Mt. St. Ursula, Our Lady of Victory Academy, Preston High School, Iona Prep and College.
As well as being a classroom teacher, Maryellen was an active member of the school communities serving on many committees. She was a Professor of English Literature at SUNY Maritime College until her retirement in 2021.
Survivors include her brother, John, and her sister, Veronica, both of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware as well as nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be at the Ursuline Province Center, 1338 North Ave. New Rochelle, 10804, Monday, April 18, 3-5 PM with a prayer service at 4:00. Funeral Liturgy for family and the Ursuline Community will be Tuesday, April 19 at 10:30 AM. Burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Ursuline Sisters retirement fund.
Lloyd Maxcy and Sons is in charge of the arrangements.