Sister Martina Keitz, OSF (baptized Agnes Elizabeth "Betty") was born March 20. 1929 in Buffalo, NY. She was the daughter of the late Peter and Anna (Follett) Keitz. Sister Martina died on March 17, 2021 at the age of 91.
Sister Martina entered the Sisters of St. Francis at Stella Niagara September 5, 1948 and was professed August 17, 1951. She received her Bachelor's degree in Education in 1965 from Rosary Hill (Daemen) College, Amherst, NY. Sister Martina's principal ministry was education. She taught at St. Lawrence, St. Joachim and St. Benedict Schools, Buffalo, NY; St. Anthony School, Charleston, WV., St. Agnes School, Atlantic Highlands and St. Mary Elementary School, New Monmouth, New Jersey; Our Lady of the Rosary School, Greenville, SC; Holy Rosary School, Columbus, St. Paul School, Athens, St. Bernadette School, Lancaster and St. Rose School, New Lexington, OH. She also spent three years teaching at St. Francis International School, Rome, Italy.
Before moving to Stella Niagara in 2008, Sister Martina taught at Francis Center, Niagara Falls, NY. She became a resident of the Stella Niagara Health Center in 2010.
Sister Martina is survived by her sister-in-law Norma Cooperdock (the late Frank) Keitz, many nieces, nephews and cousins and her Sisters in the Stella Niagara Community.
She was predeceased by siblings: Rose Mary Keitz , Frank E. Keitz, Elmer E. Keitz, James W. (Arlene Altschafer) Keitz, Florence F. Keitz (Bronislaus) Stadnicki, Marion L. Keitz, George E. (Mildred Dubay) Keitz, Arthur H. (Annabelle Meinke) Keitz, Philip W. (Margaret Heavern) Keitz, Charles J. (Mary Tribula)Keitz, and Mildred L. Keitz (Pasquale) Cimato.
A Celebration of Sister Martina's life will be held at a later date.
Interment at Stella Niagara Cemetery.
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