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 The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates.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.

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Sister Mary Boniface Lansing

Sister Mary Boniface Lansing

John B. Lansing and his wife, Rose Isabell Merrick, were both born in Burlington, Wisconsin, just north of Chicago. For a while they farmed in Minnesota and then, in the fall of 1902 came as homesteaders to the area around Spring Lake, Alberta, which is eight miles...

Sister Margaret Meraw

Sister Margaret Meraw

Among the notebooks kept by Sister Margaret Meraw there are many which are chock-full of recipes. As well as numerous recipes for main dishes and desserts, such as you would expect to find in the repertoire of an excellent cook, there are also some rather unusual...

Sister Mary Roberta Connolly

Sister Mary Roberta Connolly

For years “Readers’ Digest” magazine ran a series of articles entitled, “The Most Unforgettable Character I’ve Met”. The only reason why Sister M. Roberta was never the subject of one of these descriptions was that she kept us all too busy to have time to submit a...

Sister Alice Vincent

Sister Alice Vincent

Henry Vincent was a convert. He had been raised as an Anglican, but when he married Agnes Ann Cotter, he was happy to become a Catholic for her. The faith had been in his family on his mother’s side and she had returned to it on her death bed. Henry first worked as a...

Sister Mary Irma Seguin

Sister Mary Irma Seguin

Alfred Seguin and Margaret McPhail were both born in St. Andrews. When they married and settled on a farm, it was in that same Eastern Ontario area, and there they raised thirteen children. Two of these children entered religious life. The eldest girl, Elizabeth, was...

Sister Mary Jean Walker

Sister Mary Jean Walker

In more ways than one, Sister Mary Jean was somewhat of an enigma. Though small in stature and unimposing in manner, she was mighty in deeds. Though she lived all her religious life in the city of Kinston, she was trusted with the care of her Sisters in centres all...

Sister Emily McDonald

Sister Emily McDonald

In recent years the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul who have died have nearly all been more than 80 years of age. Many, indeed, have lived on into their 90’s. So, we will remember 1985 as the year when, one after the other, we lost four comparatively...

Sister Mary Stella Maris Black

Sister Mary Stella Maris Black

"On Dying I am standing on the sea shore. A ship spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean. She is an object of beauty and I stand watching her till at last she fades on the horizon, and someone at my side says, “She is gone.” Gone where?...

Sister Andrea Nolan

Sister Andrea Nolan

“Compassion is a profound sharing in God’s merciful and tender love for everyone He has created.” Mercy is bestowed with gentleness; tender love is given with a smile. We remember Sr. Andrea Nolan as having the compassion she described in this quotation. It is taken...

Sister Norah Forestell

Sister Norah Forestell

Hanorah (Norah) Margaret Forestell was the third of the six children born to Arnold Forestell and Clara McGillen. She came into this world on July 6, 1921, at Marmora, about twenty miles north of Trenton. Her family never moved far from that southern Ontario area...

Sister Mary Electa Murphy

Sister Mary Electa Murphy

“Happy the one who has heard the call of Jesus to a life of identification. Amid all turmoil you have found the lasting peace of a True Spouse of Jesus. Increasingly make void the self within yourself; petition Jesus to plunge Himself so deeply in you that now and...

Sister Mary Clarissa Whalen

Sister Mary Clarissa Whalen

Sarah Margaret Whalen, affectionately called “Sadie”, was born June 10, 1905, in Hungerford Township, Hastings County. She was the fourth youngest of the fourteen children born to William Whalen and Sarah McGrath. The farm home of the Whalen family was a modest one...

Sister Mary Aileen Malyea

Sister Mary Aileen Malyea

The “City by the Bay” is the hometown of many Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. The illustrious place at the head of the list of these Sisters from Belleville, Ontario, belongs to Sister Mary Aileen, Malyea. True, two others had entered from this city...

Sister Mary Dunstan Woods

Sister Mary Dunstan Woods

William John Sainsbury-Woods, a Hampshire man, and Elizabeth Barnes, a Dorset girl, met in college in Winchester England. After their graduation they decided to pool their educational resources and start teaching school, he as principal or master, and she as assistant...

Sister Catherine Ryan

Sister Catherine Ryan

During the summer of 1917 the Reverend John S. Quinn, pastor of St. Carthagh’s Tweed, together with his parishioners, prepared the former Queen’s Hotel which they had purchased to be a convent home for the Sisters of Providence. One of the first tasks the Sisters took...

Sister Mary Desmond Cote

Sister Mary Desmond Cote

On February 17, 1909, in St. Peter’s Church, Parry Sound, Ontario, Joseph Emedie Cote took Ellen (Nellie) Mary Foley to be his wife. Of this most loving union, in the space of five years, three children were born. The first offspring, Marie, was to be her father’s...

Sister Mary Dolores King

Sister Mary Dolores King

On January 13, 1902, to Lambeth West, England, Eileen King was born - the second child of Herbert King and Julia Nano Weldon. Her brother, Gerald was the first born, and after Eileen, in quick succession, there followed three more sisters and three brothers. The...

Sister Loretta McAndrews

Sister Loretta McAndrews

“Have you a place in your Community for a girl like me?” with this question Hilda McAndrews began her letter of inquiry addressed to the “Reverend Sister of Novices” at Heathfield. We did, indeed, have a place for her! In fact, she fitted in very well, having in good...

Sister Mary Petronilla Goulah

Sister Mary Petronilla Goulah

On February 18, 1983, God called to her eternal home another of our senior sisters, the second within two months. Sister Mary Lidwina died on August 22nd and now we record the death of Sister Mary Petronilla. Sister was ninety-four years of age and in the...

Sister Mary Lidwina O’Dowd

Sister Mary Lidwina O’Dowd

On August 22, 1983, the feast of the Queenship of Mary, one of Our Lady’s devoted clients surrendered her soul to God. During her sixteen years of retirement at the Marian Infirmary in the Motherhouse, until she was no longer able to leave her room, Sister Mary...