Sr. Mary Geralyn Klenke, FSM
November 22, 1931 - June 22, 2013
Sister Geralyn was named "Woman of the Year" in 1991 by the Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce. In her 30 years of service to the Arcadia Valley, Sister Geralyn Klenke founded Ozark Valley's Community Services, Inc. and The Iron County Cirlcle of Life Humane Society. She also ran the local food pantry. She was truly the presence of Jesus to those in need. She had a passion for helping anyone in need. Including animals.
Theone Marie Therese Klenke was born in St. Louis, MO November 22, 1931 to Vincent B. and Viola A. (Davis) Klenke.
She entered the Sisters of St Mary August 10, 1954. She received the name Sr. Mary Geralyn, and she professed final vows February 11. 1962. Her sister, Joanne entered the SSM in 1960.
She earned a bachelor's in commerce and Finance from St. Louis University in (1960) and a master's in Pastoral Counseling from Iona College of New York (1973). She served as chief financial officer for St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis, until 1970, then as novice mistress and director of novices for five years.
In 1975 she founded Ozark Valley's Community Services, Inc., in Arcadia Valley. Her passion was to help people with developmental disabilities live a productive, safe and successful life.
Missouri Govenor Bob Holden appointed her to the Board of Senior Services of Missouri. She also served on the State Rehabilitation Advisory Council. Upon Retiring from OVCS, she founded Iron County's humane society. Sister Geralyn moved to St. Louis in 2006, then to the Sarah Community in May 2011.
Sister Geralyn had a deep love both for the natural world and for the poor and challenged. She enjoyed gardening and carring for animals.
On June 22, 2013 having served God faithfully as a sister for nearly six decades, Sr. Geralyn celebrated the joy of the resurrection with her risen Lord.