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Sister Mary Caesaria Keslo, ministered in education; April 13, 1924 -- Feb. 18, 2012

Sister Mary Caesaria Keslo died Saturday in Colette Hilbert Care Community, Hamburg. She was 87.

The former Irene Caroline Keslo was born in Buffalo and on Aug. 25, 1943, entered the aspirancy of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph. On Jan. 5, 1943, she became a postulant and on July 12, 1947, professed her final vows.

Sister Caesaria earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Detroit and also studied at Wayne State University in Detroit and Notre Dame in Baltimore before earning master's degree in education and administration from Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

For 49 years, Sister Caesaria ministered in education at Our Lady Queen of Angels and St. Hedwig, both in Detroit; St. Stanislaus, Baltimore; St. Theresa, Rochester; Holy Rosary of Pompeii, Kenosha, Wis.; St. Michael, Bridgeport, Conn.; St. Mary Queen of Angels, Swartz Creek, Mich.; and St. Josaphat, in Milwaukee. During her ministry at St. Hedwig and St. Michael, she was a principal.

While at St. Rose Lima Parish in Buffalo, Sister Caesaria was director of religious education and was active in the CCD, DRE, RCIA and Renew programs.

In March 2005, Sister Caesaria became a resident of the Colette Hilbert Health Center.

Sister Caesaria held professional memberships in the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Survivors include a sister, Clara Nowak.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Immaculate Conception Convent, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg.

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