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Sr. Marie Cordata Kelly

June 19, 2019

Sister Marie Cordata Kelly died June 19, 2019 at Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY at the age of 80.

She was born, Janet Kelly in AuSable Forks, March 28, 1939, daughter of Bernard Kelley and Messina Chasolen McDonald, Kelley, Kilburn.

She attended Holy Name Catholic School and graduated from AuSable Valley High School, AuSable Forks. She earned her BA degree in Education from SUNY Potsdam, NY, a MA Business Education and Office Supervision from the The Catholic University in Washington, DC and a MA degree in Theology from St. Bonaventure University, Allegheny, NY.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on February 10, 1957. She received the habit on August 18, 1957 and made Final Profession on August 28, 1962.

She taught in the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Ogdensburg at St. Andrews School, Norwood, NY, St. Mary’s School, Fort Covington, NY, St. Joseph the Worker, Mineville, NY, St. Mary’s School, Massena, NY, Immaculate Heart Central School, Watertown, Seton Catholic High School, Plattsburgh, NY. Sister Cordata was Principal at Seton Catholic High School, Plattsburgh, NY and St. Mary’s School, Champlain, NY until the school closed in 2012.

Sister Cordata was assigned to the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph to be the secretary to the Major Superior. She served on the Council of the Sisters of St. Joseph from 2013 to the present. She also served on the IHC Educational Council as a Board member. Sister Cordata was on the Diocese of Ogdensburg Planning Team for the 2016 Vocation Summit.

Sister Cordata is survived by her sisters-in-law Judy Kelley and Eileen Kelly, both from The Villages, FL and by nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents Bernard and Messina, she is predeceased by her sister Eleanor Kelly Wardell and brothers Bernard Kelly and William Kelley.

The funeral arrangements are as follows: Waking hours will be at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse Chapel on Sunday, June 23 from 2:00-4:00 pm in the afternoon and 7:00-9:00 pm in the evening. The Wake Prayer Service will be at 7:00 pm.

The funeral liturgy will be held at the Motherhouse Chapel on Monday, June 24 at 11:00 am. Bishop Terry R. LaValley will be the main celebrant. Rev. Donald Robinson will be the homilist. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to her family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com. Contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 1425 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601


#19 Art de Grandpré 2019-06-24 14:37
I was privileged to meet Sr. Cordatta when I went to teach at Seton Catholic. She became my friend, colleague and later, my Principal. We stayed in touch, our last correspondence occurring on May 25th. She never mentioned her health but was concerned about a former Seton student who was terminally ill and had gone home to spend his final days with his parents. Typical Sr. Cordatta, thinking of others rather than herself.
May our Lord watch over you and keep you close. Amen
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#18 Laura Gagne 2019-06-23 21:08
Sr. marie Cordata was my 5th grade teacher at St. Mary’s School in Massena. She was hands down the best teacher ever. She was always so kind and patient and was always regailing us with stories of her youth and her brothers shenanigans. I have never forgotten her. May she Rest In Peace.
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#17 Kristine Sullivan 2019-06-22 16:24
Her passing is the loss for all who knew her and for those who didn’t. She will always have a special place in my heart and soul. A loved one sent me this prayer upon her passing, knowing when her loss would mean to me. God take her into heaven and may she find a peaceful eternity. This woman brought a smile to all who knew her.
May you Rest In Peace Sister Cordata.
Please bring your friends and family peace and tranquility with your memory while they grieve your loss.
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#16 Lisa Williams Runham 2019-06-22 10:15
Sr. Cordata was my favorite teacher at IHC. She always shared a story about Ausable Forks and made us laugh every class. To this day, I think of her every time someone misspells the word 'canceled'! May you rest in peace.
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#15 Kathy Stenard Burns 2019-06-22 08:21
Eternal rest grant to her, O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Thank you for you vocation to God, faith, and community, Sister Cordata.
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#14 Carolyn Clauss ,DC 2019-06-21 20:10
Sister Cordata ,A wonderful soul.She served with integrity and with her kind and loving heart. She was passionate about the truth and shared her wisdom and humor graciously .She was a great person who added so much to every life she touched. She will be missed by many though remains in our hearts as a special friend She’s home and in peace .
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#13 Kathy Claflin 2019-06-21 16:36
Oh my, so sorry to hear this news. What wonderful memories I have from my high school days. She was a great teacher & guidance counselor. You are home now Sr. Cordata rest in peace.
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#12 Kathleen Murphy Ever 2019-06-21 11:51
I am a friend of Sr. Cordata. We grew up together in Au Sable Forks in the Jersey section with the Garso girls and few others. We all went to school together. We were very close to her and her cousin,Joan Douglas Brown. We always played jokes on each pther.. I had flowers delivered to her class at IHC for her 50th b'day. She got even with me when I worked at MAI in the nurses office and she was teaching in the classroom down the hall. We will miss her but cherish our friendship. RIP " Murph" (Kathleen Murphy Everleth
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#11 Lisa Cassoni-Cook 2019-06-21 09:19
I was saddened to hear of Sister's passing. When I heard the news it brought me back to my high school days at IHC and all the great memories of her classes I was lucky to have been in. I'll always remember her as devoted, kind, funny and most of all a great friend and confidant. Rest In Peace.
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#10 Brenda 2019-06-21 06:17
She was a great teacher and always had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed. I remember many times that she either played a practical joke on someone or was the recipient of one. So sorry to all her close friends and family.
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