Sister Bernadette Kline



April 16, 1925

First Profession

August 13, 1943

Eternal Life

September 23, 2018

Sister Bernadette Kline, SDS, went from early education in a two-room school in rural Upper Michigan to earning a bachelor’s degree in history and sociology at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. She taught at Wisconsin elementary schools in Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee dioceses, and then helped open a parochial school in Huntsville, Ala. In 1957, foreign mission service took Sr. Bernadette to Tanzania, England, Israel, and Rome. Upon returning to Wisconsin, Sr. Bernadette taught social studies at Newman High School in Wausau and Divine Savior High School in Milwaukee. After earning a master’s degree in theology in 1982, she served in pastoral ministry in Wisconsin and Illinois. Now ministering as a vigil keeper, Sr. Bernadette supports residents in their final hours of life at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus in Milwaukee. She celebrated 70 years with the Sisters of the Divine Savior in 2013.