Sister Kessering; administrator - Catholic Courier

Sister Kessering; administrator

Sister Ruth Agnes Kesselring, SSJ, who held various administrative positions in the Diocese of Rochester, died March 20, 2006, at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Rochester. She was 88 years old.

Sister Kesselring entered the order in 1935 from her home parish of Sacred Heart Cathedral. She obtained bachelor’s degrees from Nazareth College in 1947 and 1951, as well as a master’s from the University of Notre Dame in 1957.

She taught at St. Anthony of Padua and St. Theodore schools, both in Rochester; St. Aloysius School, Auburn; and St. Agnes High School, Rochester. From 1962-66 she served as principal of Sacred Heart Cathedral School, and from 1966-70 she was education coordinator in the diocesan Office of Education.

From 1970-79 she worked at St. Ann’s Home in Rochester, first as an administrative assistant and then as general services director. In 1979 Sister Kesselring was elected to her congregation’s central administration, working as assistant to the director of temporal affairs. She subsequently served as co-director of the motherhouse until her 1991 retirement. In retirement she sewed goods for Cornerstone Crafts and also oversaw garage sales that raised funds for the congregation.

Sister Kesselring is survived by her sister, Ruth Yaeger; brother, Robert; a niece and nephew; and sisters in the congregation.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated March 23, 2006, in the motherhouse chapel. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 150 French Road, Rochester, NY 14618.

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