Beaverton — Sister of St. Mary of Oregon Veronica Marie Templer died March 31 at the Maryville skilled nursing care facility, located on the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus. There will be a funeral Mass at 4 p.m. April 5 in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel in the SSMO Motherhouse. The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus is located on Murray Blvd. at TV Highway in Beaverton.

Born in Seattle Oct. 1, 1937, to James and Louise Templer, Sister Veronica Marie received her elementary and secondary education from the Sisters of the Holy Names at Holy Names Academy and the Dominican Sisters.

Growing up in Seattle, Judith Marie Templer attended Catholic grade schools and high schools. “I always admired the sisters I had as teachers,” she said. “I knew I wanted to become a sister or teacher or both.” As Sr. Veronica Marie Templer of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, she became both.

In 1962, she became one of the first teachers at Our Lady of Guadalupe School in West Seattle. Several Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon were also assigned there. "The sisters were always cheerful and helpful," she said. "I knew this was the community I wanted to join."

After entering the St. Mary of Oregon community, she taught typing, shorthand, bookkeeping and recordkeeping at St. Mary of the Valley High School (now Valley Catholic). Sr. Veronica Marie then supported the sisters' ministries in health care by serving at Maryville, where she worked in medical records and later as an administrative assistant.

In 2014, Sr. Veronica Marie celebrated her 50th jubilee as a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon. "It doesn't seem possible," she said. "Time goes so quickly."

Sr. Veronica Marie is survived by her sisters in the SSMO Community and by her sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Bob Sarkies of Seattle and their family. 

Memorial offerings may be directed to Maryville through the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Foundation.

 In her own words: Sr. Veronica Marie Templer shared her journey as a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon.