Sr. Martha Keenan SND
Sister Martha Ann Keenan, 75, of the Sisters of Notre Dame, died Monday, April 4, 2015, in the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center.
Sister was born in Lowell, daughter of James H. and Martha S. (Johnson) Keenan.
After graduating from St. Patrick's High School in Lowell, Sister entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She was also a graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston.
Sister Martha was a teacher for 35 years in Notre Dame schools in eastern Massachusetts including many years at Holy Rosary School in Lawrence, St. Thomas School in Peabody, and St. Mary School in Beverly.
After her long career in education, Sister earned a master's degree in Human Development and Gerontology at St. Joseph's College in West Hartford. She then shifted her ministry to geriatric health care joining the staff at Mother St. Joseph House in Wakefield and later Julie House in Windsor, Conn.
Sister leaves her brothers, James Keenan, and Robert Keenan and his wife Terry; a sister-in-law, Barbara Keenan; many nieces and nephews, and her sisters in religion, the Sisters of Notre Dame. She was predeceased by her sisters Frances Lepage and Mary Harkins, and her brothers Charles, William and John Keenan.
Calling hours are Wednesday, April 13, starting at 1 p.m. with a prayer service at 2 p.m. at the Notre Dame du Lac Chapel, 555 Plantation St., Worcester. The funeral Mass will follow at 3 p.m. in the chapel. Burial will be in Notre Dame du Lac Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame, 351 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149.
The Athy Memorial Home, Worcester, is directing arrangements.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 9 to Apr. 15, 2016.