ALTON — Sister M. Annunciate Keller, FSGM, 82, baptized Rita, died March 3 at St. Francis Convent Infirmary in Alton.
She was born June 16, 1928, in Schomberg, Schlesien, Germany, the daughter of the late Herbert and Kate Luise Keller. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George on March 25, 1952, and professed her first vows on Oct. 4, 1954. She professed her final vows on Dec. 17, 1958, and celebrated her golden jubilee in 2003.
From 1954-1963, Sister Annunciate worked in the office in Niendorf and studied English spending time in London and Oxford, England. On Aug. 28, 1963, she went to St. Francis Convent in Alton and was a high school teacher at Rosary High School in North St. Louis County, Mo., for six years. For the next two years, she studied for a master’s degree in social work at St. Louis University. In 1971, she went to Mary, Queen of Peace Convent in Tulsa, Okla., and was a social worker for Catholic Charities. The following year, she was assigned to St. Francis Convent and did social work in the St. Louis area. From 1973-1987, Sister Annunciate was a social worker at Saint Anthony’s Hospital, Alton. From 1987-1990, she worked in the guidance department at St. Mary’s Regional High School, South Amboy, N.J. Sister Annunciate returned to St. Francis Convent in 1990 and did social work at Saint Anthony’s Hospital, Alton.
She is survived by two sisters, Renata Nazimek of Franklin, Wis., and Ingrid Strausse of Berlin, Germany; and a niece, Barbara Segal of Benton, Wash.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 5 at St. Francis Convent Chapel at St. Anthony’s Health Center in Alton with Msgr. Kenneth C. Steffen officiating. Interment was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Alton.
Staten-Fine Funeral Home, Alton, was in charge of arrangements.