Sister Mary Josephine Breiner, CSJ 1925-2015

Sister Mary Josephine Breiner

August 11, 1925 - January 2, 2015

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Josephine Breiner who passed away on Jan. 2 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She was 89  years of age.

Sister Mary Josephine was born on August 11, 1925, to parents Joseph and Josephine Ann (Goudreau) Breiner in Shields, North Dakota. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on September 15, 1943, and professed her final vows on August 15, 1949. S. Mary Josephine received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from  St. Teresa College, now Avila University, in Kansas City, Missouri.

S. Mary Josephine devoted her entire ministry to teaching on the primary level until her retirement in 1996. She began in 1946 at St. Elizabeth Grade School in Kansas City.  She taught at St. Peter Grade School in Oconto, Wisconsin in 1952. Three years later she taught in Chicago, first at Nativity of Our Lady Grade School (1955) and then at St. Viator Grade School (1957).  

Ten years later, S. Mary Josephine taught in Muskogee, Oklahoma at Sacred Heart Grade School. In 1968 she moved to St. Louis and taught at Our Lady of the Presentation for two years; then, at Our Lady of Lourdes for three years. In 1974, she taught for one year in Atlanta, Georgia at St. Anthony Grade School.  

S. Mary Josephine returned to Kansas City in 1975, a fitting place to finish where she began. She taught at Our Lady of Perpetual Help for 17 years and, lastly, at Our Lady of the Angels Grade School.

She retired in 1996 in Kansas City. Since 2009, she served in prayer and witness at Nazareth Living Center.

Funeral arrangements are planned for Thursday, Jan. 8 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel, 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, MO. A wake will be at 9 a.m., followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Interment is at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899. Donate online.

January 5, 2015

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