Obituaries

From the first member of the congregation to pass away in 1870 to recent deaths, all the obituaries of deceased Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul are accessible and searchable. You can search by name, or use the birth date, death date and location filters.

These are not typical obituaries, in fact in the world of consecrated life we refer to them as necrologies. These biographical sketches are written by the General Secretary of the congregation shortly after the death of each individual sister. The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates. The necrologies are presented here as they were written.

If you would like more information about a deceased sister please contact the archivist.

Sister Sheila Brady

Sister Sheila Brady

Sheila Brady was born in Perth, Ontario on March 28, 1936 the youngest of four children of Marguerite Wilson and Hugh Brady. In 1939 her mother died leaving her father with four young children. Her father’s sister, Marie, moved in to care for them. Two years later her...

Sister Anne Louise Haughian

Sister Anne Louise Haughian

Rita Mary Haughian was born on June 19, 1914 in Stanleyville, Ontario to Francis Haughian and Mary Egan. Her mother died when Rita was about 5 years of age. Since her father was not able to look after the 3 youngest children she went to live with her aunt, her...

Sister Josephine McCaffrey

Sister Josephine McCaffrey

Josephine McCaffrey was born on March 2, 1918 in Fermanagh, N. Ireland, the seventh of ten children to Mary Hamilton and Patrick McCaffrey. Her father worked in a mill where flax was prepared for a linen mill in Belfast. Her mother made Irish lace for a company in...

Sister Elaine Jacob

Sister Elaine Jacob

Elizabeth Mary Jacob, born on January 29, 1927 in Nyiracsad, Hungary was the first of four children of John Jacob and Florence Bodogany. She arrived in Montreal as a young girl with her family and attended English schools. She worked as a private secretary until she...

Sister Yvonne Patry

Sister Yvonne Patry

Sister Yvonne Patry was born in Athabasca, Alberta on August 31, 1933 the first of three children of Blanche Dion and Joseph Henry Patry. She received her education at the Athabasca Public School and the High School. She entered the novitiate of the Sisters of...

Sr. Mary Benilda Fedorowych

Sr. Mary Benilda Fedorowych

Elisabeth Fedorowych was born on October 27, 1918 in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba. She was the second oldest of nine children born to Nicholas Fedorowych and Mary Filipchuk. She and her siblings attended the public school in Sifton, Manitoba. She met the Sisters of...

Sister Judith Lee

Sister Judith Lee

Judith Lee was born in Montreal on July 6, 1944 the first of five children of Margaret Ruth Hartford and Lawrence Winslow Lee. She was taught by the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Malachy School and by the Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus and...

Sister Irene MacDonell

Sister Irene MacDonell

Irene Janet Theresa MacDonell was born on July 1, 1932 in Alexandria, Ontario, the youngest of seven children of Mary MacDonald and Angus MacDonell. Since her mother died shortly after Irene was born, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, considering them as her...

Sister Anna Moran

Sister Anna Moran

Anna Catherine Moran was born on June 19, 1916 in Maynooth, Ontario, the fifth child of nine children born to Frances Anne Golden and John Victor Moran. Her mother was a teacher and her father was a miner in Northern Ontario until the early 1920s when he and a partner...

Sister Rita Dimberline

Sister Rita Dimberline

Rita Dimberline was born on February 25, 1919 in Hamilton, Ontario, the second of three children of Elizabeth Lynam and Leonard Dimberline. In 1936 her family moved to King, Ontario, a settlement founded during the depression years by Father Francis McGoey. It was...

Sister Aileen Donnelly

Sister Aileen Donnelly

Aileen Donnelly, born on August 7, 1917 in MacLeod, Alberta, was the fourth of seven children born to Mary Coffey and Patrick Donnelly. Her father was a rancher in Alberta and her mother was a teacher from Ontario. In 1918 the family moved to Leamington, Ontario and...

Sister Alma Sutton

Sister Alma Sutton

Marie Alma Sutton was born on April 2, 1926 in Chandler, Quebec to Mabel Greene and Cornelius Sutton the fifth of nine children. She grew up in and attended school in Chandler. In 1945 she obtained a position with the Canadian National Telegraphs in Montreal as a...

Sister Julia Hamilton

Sister Julia Hamilton

Sister Julia Hamilton was born on January 20, 1922 on a farm at Elgin, Ontario, the third of six children of John Hamilton and Margaret Scanlan. She received her elementary education in a one-room rural school and her secondary education at Notre Dame High School in...

Sister Monica Laton

Sister Monica Laton

Monica and her twin sister, Veronica, were born on April 6, 1919 in Queensboro, Ontario, the last two of seven children of Agnes Genereaux and Alexander Laton. In 1940 she graduated as a Registered Nurse from St. Vincent de Paul Hospital in Brockville. She then did...

Sister Stella Szybisty

Sister Stella Szybisty

Stella Szybisty was born on July 19, 1926 in Janatowica, Poland, the second of two daughters of Elizabeth Cisto and Joseph Szybisty. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1930 and settled on a farm in Polonia, Manitoba where she and her sister attended the local schools...

Sister Mary Fidelis Cunningham

Sister Mary Fidelis Cunningham

Mary Elizabeth Cunningham was born on May 11, 1920 to Elizabeth Black and Bernard Cunningham in Kingston Mills, Ontario the second of two children. Her brother, Bernard, died suddenly at the age of 15 of acute appendicitis. While she was attending Notre Dame High...

Sister Jean Higgins

Sister Jean Higgins

Margaret Jean Higgins was born on August 21, 1943 in Belleville, Ontario, the third oldest of thirteen children of Edith Dempsey and John Higgins. She trained as a Registered Nursing Assistant at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital in Brockville graduating in 1960. On...

Sister Monica Gannon

Sister Monica Gannon

Monica Gannon was born on September 29, 1922 on the family farm in Greenview, Ontario, the fifth of seven children born to Elizabeth Cassidy and Joseph Gannon. When Monica was four years old, her father moved the family to Prince Edward County to take up farming once...

Sister Loretto Boland

Sister Loretto Boland

Loretto Boland was born in Toronto on June 5, 1917, the second of seven children of Josephine Bulger and George Boland. She attended St. Helen’s Elementary School where she was taught by the Loretto Sisters and then Loretto High School on Brunswick Avenue for two...

Sister Peggy Flanagan

Sister Peggy Flanagan

Margaret Josephine (Peggy) Flanagan born on February 27, 1938 in Newmarket, Ontario was the second youngest of five children of William Flanagan and Alice Bell. She grew up in the small community of Schomberg, Ontario. After graduating from Toronto Teachers’ College,...