Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

WEST HARTFORD – Sister Alice Claire (Mary Agnesine) Keating, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on Dec. 17, 2009, at the order’s provincial house in West Hartford.

She was 83, and had been in religious life for 65 years.

She was born on Feb. 3, 1926, in Bridgeport, a daughter of the late Thomas James Keating and Florence Elizabeth (Hayes) Keating. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 24, 1944, and made her perpetual vows on Aug. 23, 1950.

Certified as an X-ray technician from the American College of Radiology, Sister Alice Claire was the chief technician and coordinator of the School of X-ray Technicians at St. Joseph Hospital in Stamford from 1949 to 1968. She also received a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Joseph College in West Hartford and an associate’s degree in nursing from the University of Bridgeport School of Nursing.

Over the years, Sister Alice Claire was the clinical nurse instructor, nurse educator of staff, and coordinator of the Maternal Child Education Program at St. Joseph Hospital. She also was a staff nurse for three years at a hospital in Dublin.

Sister Alice Claire then was certified in Natural Family Planning. She established the Mother’s Circle Program and was involved in the parish nurse program at St. Joseph Parish in Shelton.

She received the Diocese of Bridgeport’s Family Life Award in 1985 and an Award of Honor from the Hewitt Foundation Inc. for her work with mothers and children. She also served on various boards connected with her work.

Sister Alice Claire retired in 2003 to the provincial house, where she operated the switchboard.

In addition to the sisters in her community, Sister Alice Claire is survived by two brothers, John T. and Robert J. Keating; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by three sisters, Marjorie K. McFadden, Mary E. Sullivan and Dorothy V. Nassef; and two brothers, Thomas J. and Arthur D. Keating.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 19 at St. Joseph’s Chapel in West Hartford. Burial was in the Sisters of Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.