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Sister Mary Walter Ann Kammer 1926-2019

Posted on: July 22, 2019 11:00 am
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Sister Mary Walter Ann Kammer (1926-2019)

Sister Mary Walter Ann (Grace) Kammer was born into the loving family of Walter and Cecilia Kammer on May 19, 1926, in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Grace was the youngest of five children. She characterized her childhood as a very blessed and enjoyable time.  She attended St. Martin of Tours grade school and Notre Dame Academy, from which she graduated on June 6, 1944. After high school Grace worked at Second National Bank for five years. However, she felt drawn and inspired by her sister, Sr. Mary Clotille, to join the Sisters of Notre Dame, which she did in 1950, making her profession of vows on August 16, 1952.

Sister Mary Walter Ann began her ministry as a teacher. Besides her weekday responsibilities in the classroom, on Saturdays and during the summer, she attended Edgecliff College in Cincinnati, from which she graduated in 1969.  She earned her Master of Education from Xavier University in 1982. Her teaching in the primary grades extended over thirty years in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Covington until she retired in 1987. 

Sister Mary Walter Ann's ministry did not stop after teaching. She helped with food preparation at the Provincial Center and other local communities until 1999.  She then moved to the Holy Spirit Convent in Newport, Kentucky, where she worked at the Parish Food Pantry.  She spent many hours listening to and helping those who utilized the pantry, distributing food, and raising funds to help those in need. In June of 2017 Sister Mary Walter Ann once again retired and moved to Lourdes Hall Care Center. This move did not stop her good works.  She sent thousands of birthday greetings and letters, reaching out to her sisters, friends, and nursing home residents. Her words, beautifully hand-written, brought joy to many.

On the evening of July 17, 2019 Sister Mary Walter Ann peacefully passed away surrounded by her family and friends.

Sister Mary Walter Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Walter and Joseph, and her sisters, Sister Mary Clotille, SND, and Rosemary Kammer. She leaves behind her beloved nephew, Joe Kammer, Jr. and nieces, Doris Berning, Karen Enginger, Mary Jo Kneer, Donna Stotler, and Mary Sue Sullivan, and grand-nieces and nephews. She will be fondly remembered by her dear friend Sr. Mary Judith Niewahner, SND.

Community members, family and friends gathered on Saturday, July 20, to bid farewell to Sister Mary Walter Ann Kammer. The Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Provincial Center chapel at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial in the convent cemetery.  Reverend Robert Ross, the convent chaplain, presided and Reverend Msgr. William F. Cleves was the homilist. Concelebrants were: Reverend Joshua L. Lange, Reverend Britton C. Hennessey, and Reverend Terrence Hamilton.

Sister Mary Walter Ann will be remembered chiefly for her captivating smile, her genuine heart, and her passion to help those who are poor. May the love with which Sr. Walter Ann served God give her eternal happiness with him forever!

Dave and Leanette Bockweg
Date: on August 2, 2019

I remember her coming to get some things from us from St. John's for the place in Newport. She went and lifted them herself. We thought so much of her. Glad God let oour paths cross.

Marianne Hoffmann
Date: on August 1, 2019

She was a gentle quiet woman who was a shining example of how to show God's love to all.

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