Sister Gratian Kieser

Sister Gratian Kieser, age 76 of Campbellsport, Wis., died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du lac, Wis.

Delores Kieser was born July 20, 1923, to Frank and Rose (Hertzog) Kieser.

She entered St. Joseph Convent, Milwaukee, on Aug. 31, 1940, and was assigned to teach at Our Lady of Good Council, Aurora, Ill.

She then went to Holly Springs, Miss., and later, to Jackson, Miss., where she taught school and became principal of Christ the King and later, Holy Family.

Due to health reasons, Sister Gratian cut down on her duties and later, took a sabbatical, at which time she traveled to Peru, and spent time with her mother.

In 1988, Sister Gratian accepted a job at St. Catherine Retirement Village as a receptionist and later, as pastoral minister.

She was diagnosed with cancer in 1998.

On March 20, 1999, 48 years after arriving in Mississippi, Sister Gratian said farewell to the beautiful state and people whom she loved and served well. She arrived in Campbellsport to continue her chemotherapy.

Survivors include her sisters, Elmerine (George) Lachermeier of Winsted, and Adeline Carlsten of Fridley; a brother, Marvin (Viola) Kieser of Winsted; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Sister Gratian was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Rose Kieser; a brother, Vincent; a brother-in-law, Bob Carlsten; and by a nephew and a great niece.

Interment was at Sisters cemetery, Campbellsport, Wis.

A memorial Mass will take place at Holy Trinity parish, Winsted, at a later date.

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