Sister M. Xavier served as an elementary school teacher and/or principal for 52 years, teaching in the central Illinois communities of Granite City, Quincy, Rantoul, Springfield, Paris and Hardin, and in the northern Illinois communities of Evergreen Park, Bradley, Elgin, Aurora and Sauk Village. She was the principal of Catholic elementary schools in Elgin, Rantoul, Paris, Hardin and Sauk Village. She retired to Sacred Heart Convent in 2012.
She was fond of her Irish heritage and enjoyed sharing that love with others.
Sister M. Xavier was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Margaret Kelly, Sister Mary Clarentia (Helen) Kelly, OP, and Winifred Kelly; and her brothers, Robert, Raymond, Joseph, and Bernard. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, friends, and her Dominican Sisters.
A prayer service, visitation and funeral Mass were held on Dec. 16, with Dominican Father Peter Witchousky, celebrant. Morning Prayer, Remembering, and Final Commendation took place on Dec. 17. All services were held at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704.
The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister M. Xavier were served by Butler Funeral Home - Springfield.