Sister Marie June Skender, SSSF
Sister Marie June Skender (Maristeva), who lived her religious vocation as an educator, musician and parish minister for 65 years, died on April 7, 2020, at Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Greenfield, Wisconsin. Sister was 83 years old. Sister Marie June was born on November 16, 1936, in Milwaukee. She was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis on June 13, 1953, made her first profession of vows in 1955, and final (perpetual) vows in 1961. Sister Marie June is survived by a brother, Steven Skender of Port Charlotte, Florida; a sister, Shirley Williams of West Allis, Wisconsin; nieces, nephews and cousins; and the School Sisters of St. Francis community with whom she shared her life for 67 years. Sister Marie June ministered in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin for more than six decades. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister served as a musician at St. Peter School in Skokie (1955-1958), where she also served as teacher/organist (1958-1960) and teacher (1960-1961). In the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Sister served as teacher/organist at St. Charles School in Charlesburg, (1963-1965), where she also served as a principal and teacher/organist (1965-1969). She taught at St. Mary School in Chilton (1969-1971); served as music coordinator at Consolidated Parish Elementary School for Johnsburg and Chilton (1971-1972); and served in religious education and pastoral ministry at St. Anthony Parish in Niagara (1972-1982). She also served in pastoral ministry and director of religious education at St. John the Baptist parish in Seymour (1982-1987), and was director of pastoral care at Maryhill Manor, Niagara (1987-1990). In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Sister served as director of pastoral care at St. Joseph Convent, Campbellsport (1990-1996); served as secretary at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in West Allis (1998-1999), where she also served in pastoral care (2005-2012). Sister also served as pastoral minister at Clement Manor in Greenfield (1999-2001), was choral director at West Allis Center (2001-2002), and assisted with Christian formation at St. Augustine Parish in West Allis (2002-2005). In the Diocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis, sister served as a teacher/organist at St. Walburga School in Fletcher (1961-1963). In her retirement, Sister served in the ministry of prayer and presence at Sacred Heart in Milwaukee (2015-2016), and at Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Greenfield from 2016 until the time of her death. A Funeral Liturgy was held on April 16, 2020, at St. Joseph Convent Chapel in Milwaukee. Interment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Milwaukee.
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