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 The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates.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

Sister Mary Bernice McGuiggan

Mary Veronica McGuiggan was born in Perth on January 21, 1895, and baptized six days later at St. John’s Church by Reverend Father Duffus. Her parents, Patrick McGuiggan and Catherine Quinn, belonged to pioneer families of North Burgess Township, Lanark County, a...

Sister Mary Hilary Harrigan

Sister Mary Hilary Harrigan

Eleanor Harrigan, the eldest of the four daughters of Barnabas Harrigan and Anne McGarvey, was born on January 5, 1885 in the parish of Railton, Ontario and was baptized on January 25 by Father Thomas Kelly at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kingston. In 1912 she entered the...

Sister Anna Catherine Way

Sister Anna Catherine Way

Anna Catherine Way was born April 3, 1893 on a farm in the parish of Erinsville, Ontario, one of seven children of Patrick Way and Margaret Murphy Way. When at the age of twenty-one she applied for admission to the Novitiate of the Sisters of Providence, her pastor,...

Sister Mary Francis Borgia Barry

Sister Mary Francis Borgia Barry

Elizabeth Helena Barry was born on a farm in the parish of Morrisburg, Ontario on August 4, 1884, one of nine children of James and Sarah Barry. After graduating from the local high school she attended Ottawa Teachers’ College and taught for a few years in schools...

Sister Mary Germaine Ryan

Sister Mary Germaine Ryan

Too few women are granted the privilege of spending seventy-one years in the service of God in religious life. But when Sister Mary Germaine died on June 28, 1975, she had lived three months of her seventy-second year as a Sister of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul....

Sister Mary Eusebia Kennedy

Sister Mary Eusebia Kennedy

Margaret Mary was born at St. Raphael’s West, the cradle of Catholicism in the province of Ontario. Her parents, Allan Kennedy and Christine Macdonell, provided a splendid Catholic home for their ten children - 7 girls and 3 boys – and were rewarded by having three of...

Sister Mary Idelfonsa McCoy

Sister Mary Idelfonsa McCoy

Mary Rosalie was born on a farm in County Mayo, Quebec, on July 12, 1892 – one of a family of seven of Michael McCoy and Sarah Lavell, and baptized five days later in the Church of St. Malachy by Reverend R. McGovern. Of the seven children, four embraced religious...

Sister Mary Stephane Baumann

Sister Mary Stephane Baumann

Mary Stephane was born in Russia on October 23, 1908, one of the ten children of John Baumann and Elizabeth Mitlafsky. The Baumann’s immigrated to Canada in 1913 and settled on a farm at Claybank, Saskatchewan, in the vicinity of Moose Jaw. They became acquainted with...

Sister Mary Iona Doyle

Sister Mary Iona Doyle

Loretto Doyle was born on October 18, 1892 on a farm home near Chesterville, Ontario.  Her parents, Peter Doyle and Sarah McMahon, died when she was still young and she went to live with a married sister several years her senior. On August 15, 1919, she entered the...

Sister Mary Martin Coyne

Sister Mary Martin Coyne

Mary Coyne was born on June 17, 1890 at Widnes, a suburb of Liverpool, England. Her father, Thomas Coyne, a mechanic, and her mother Mary Burke Coyne were Irish. In 1911 the family of four – parents, Mary and a brother – came to Canada and resided for four years in...

Sister Frances Pender

Sister Frances Pender

Frances Pender was born in Prescott, Ontario, on June 5, 1924 and baptized two weeks later in St. Mark’s Church. Her parents, Elias Pender and Mary Noune, were born in Damascus, Syria; their six children, three boys and three girls were Canadian-born, grew up and were...

Sister Mary Constance Stroud

Sister Mary Constance Stroud

Mildred Helen Stroud, daughter of Major William Allan and Mrs. Stroud, a well-known Kingston family, was born on August 14, 1899 and baptized two weeks later in St. Mary’s Cathedral. She was educated in the separate schools of the city and Notre Dame High School. At...

Sister Mary Clara Macdonald

Sister Mary Clara Macdonald

Mary Jane Macdonald, daughter of Archibald Macdonald and Clara Angela McPhail, both descendants of Glengarry pioneers, was born in Prescott on December 2, 1892 and baptized five days later in St. Mark’s Church by Reverend F. J. Hartigan. A grand-uncle, Dean O’Connor,...

Sister Mary Dominica Johnson

Sister Mary Dominica Johnson

Sister Mary Dominica (Catherine Johnson) was born at Dingle, County Kerry, Eire, on March 31, 1887; her parents were James Johnson and Mary Aherne. She was baptized in the parish church at Ferriter, Diocese of Kerry. When quite a young woman she came to Holyoke,...

Sister Mary Adrian O’Rourke

Sister Mary Adrian O’Rourke

Sister Mary Adrian, Anna Winnifred O’Rourke, was born at Curran, Prescott County, Ontario, on January 20, 1890, the only daughter in the family of Martin O’Rourke and Winnifred Fisher. She was baptized five days later in the parish church of St. Luke. On January 10,...

Sister Mary Rita Farrelly

Sister Mary Rita Farrelly

Sister Mary Rita, daughter of Bernard Farrelly and Elizabeth Walker Farrelly, was born at Kingston Mills on April 7, 1889 and baptized at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kingston on May 12, 1889. After elementary and junior High School she took a business course and on March 1,...

Sister Anna Marie Laffan

Sister Anna Marie Laffan

Anna Marie Laffan, daughter of Thomas Laffan and Mary Golden was born in the parish of Greensboro, Kingston diocese, on July 11, 1895. On August 15, 1914, at the age of nineteen she entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Providence, but homesickness for her parents...

Sister Mary Cecile Koster

Sister Mary Cecile Koster

Sister Mary Cecile, the former Kathleen Cecilia Koster, was born in Toronto on November 12, 1893, daughter of Matthew Koster and Catherine McDonnell. She was educated at Sr. Patrick’s School and St. Joseph’s Convent. Although Cecilia (or Cecile as she was called) felt...

Sister Mary Blanche Corrigan

Sister Mary Blanche Corrigan

Mary Alice Corrigan was born at St. Foy, Quebec on July 28, 1889, one of eight children of Thomas Corrigan and Helen McCartney, and was baptized three days later in the parish church of St. Foy. As a young woman she graduated from the Nurses’ Training School of the...

Sister Mary of Lourdes Poulin

Sister Mary of Lourdes Poulin

Eva Poulin was born in Toledo, Ontario, on January 21, 1886, the daughter of William Poulin and Winnifred Jane Corcoran. She was baptized by Reverend Michael Spratt, later Archbishop of Kingston. When she was six years old her family moved to Smiths Falls where her...