Sister Cora Keegan, BVM

June 24, 2021


Sister Cora Keegan, BVM, 85, died Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Mount Carmel Bluffs in Dubuque, Iowa.

Private funeral services will be Friday, July 2, 2021. Virtual Sharing of Memories begins at 9:30 a.m., followed immediately by virtual visitation. Mass of Christian Burial begins at 10:30 a.m. Services are private due to COVID-19 restrictions. All services may be viewed through live videostream at

Sister Cora ministered as a registered nurse in San Francisco, San Jose and Los Gatos, Calif.  She also served as an elementary teacher in Phoenix, and Glendale and Pasadena, Calif.

She was born Nov. 1, 1935, in San Francisco to Ernest and Cora (DeMeyer) Keegan. She entered the BVM congregation on Jan. 24, 1959, from Most Holy Redeemer parish, San Francisco. She professed first vows on Feb. 2, 1961, and final vows on July 16, 1966.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Marian Giovanini, and brothers-in-law Lester Giovanini and James O’Brien.  She is survived by a sister Elsie O’Brien, San Jose, Calif., nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 62years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at

Leonard Funeral Home and Crematory. 2595 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, Iowa  52003 is in charge of arrangements.

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