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Sister Celine Leeker, OSU: June 23, 1929-March 25, 2019

Sister Celine Leeker, 89, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died March 25, 2019, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 70th year of religious life. She was a native of Olathe, Kan.

Sister Celine was an Ursuline Sister of Paola prior to its merger with Mount Saint Joseph in 2008. She had an ever-present radiant smile and loved to welcome people and make them feel at home.

She was an educator for 41 years. She taught in Kansas at Saint John School, Greeley (1951-54, 1963-65), Sacred Heart School, Bonner Springs (1957-61), Queen of the Holy Rosary School, Overland Park (1965-75), Holy Trinity School, Paola (1979-87) Saint Agnes School, Shawnee Mission (1987-92) and Holy Angels School, Garnett (1992-96). She also taught at Saint John School in Bartlesville, Okla., from 1954-57 and 1961-62. From 1975-79, Sister Celine was formation director for the Ursuline Sisters of Paola. She moved to Maple Mount in 2009.

Survivors include the members of her religious community; four sisters, Margaret (Jim) Hutchinson and Agnes (Don) Phelps, both of Overland Park, Catherine Leeker of Shawnee, and Rose Leeker of Gardner; a brother, John Leeker, of Wichita; nieces and nephews.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Wednesday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is handling arrangements.

Donations in memory of Sister Celine may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.

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Rosalie (Morgan) Brackney (Mar 25, 2019)
Rest in peace Sister Celine. She was my 1st and 2nd grade teacher at St. John's, Greeley KS. She was so sweet and my favorite. I have thought of her often the years. My sympathy to her family and friends.