Age 95

Sister Mary lived her motto, “Thy Will Be Done,” and a life knowing she was a messenger of God.

Entering the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, at the age of 30, she first pursued a career with Union Mutual Insurance Company. She received a bachelor’s degree in business from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, and a master’s degree in business administration from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.

She was first assigned to work in the business office and bookstore and assist with the capital campaign at her beloved alma mater St. Joseph’s College. Next, she was appointed assistant treasurer and then treasurer serving at the school for a grand total 46 years not including her volunteer work in their library for ten years. Her caring ways and gentle smile welcomed each student to St. Joseph’s Hall where she made them feel “at home” on campus.

In recognition of her lasting impact at the college, St. Joseph’s unveiled the Sister Mary Kneeland Dining Room and conferred an honorary degree in recognition of over 55 years of service.