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 The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates.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

Sister Mary Zita Welsh

Sister Mary Zita has the distinction of having reached the most advanced age of any member of the Sisters of Providence, Kingston, since its foundation in 1861. When she died on December 28, 1971 she was 97 years and 5 months. When the Community was only thirty-seven...

Sister Mary Ignatius Masterson

Sister Mary Ignatius Masterson

Anna Genevieve Masterson was born in Cantin, New York, on July 27, 1893, daughter of James Masterson and Eileen Foley, natives of Chesterville, Ontario. When Anna was a year old her parents returned to their native village and she grew up and received her early...

Sister Mary Geraldine Egan

Sister Mary Geraldine Egan

On September 7, 1971, death claimed one of our veteran members, Sister Mary Geraldine, in the 88th year of her age and the 68th of her religious life. Margaret Anne Egan was born November 8, 1883, in the village of Westport and baptized five days later in the parish...

Sister Mary Bibiana Keilty

Sister Mary Bibiana Keilty

The Sisters of Providence and especially those of Providence Manor, Kingston, were shocked and grief-stricken in mid-June 1971 when a doctor’s verdict informed them that Sister Bibiana was suffering from terminal cancer and her life expectancy was not beyond six...

Sister Mary Carmella Boyle

Sister Mary Carmella Boyle

James Boyle and Elizabeth Powers established in Belleville, Ontario a truly Catholic home which was pleased with four sons and six daughters. From such home the Church looks for vocations in religious life, and in this one she was not disappointed. The eldest daughter...

Sister Mary Mechtilde Doyle

Sister Mary Mechtilde Doyle

On January 11, 1971 the Community lost an old and venerable member when Sister Mary Mechtilde died at Hotel Dieu Hospital. The former Anna Marie Doyle was born on a farm near Guelph, one of the fifteen children of Michael F. Doyle and Catherine McDonald. The couple...

Sister Mary Anselm Egan

Sister Mary Anselm Egan

In 1948 she became again First Assistant to Mother Victoria and on the latter’s sudden death in February 1950, she acted as Superior General until the General Elections in July. She was then assigned the superiorship of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Edmonton, and during her...

Sister Mary Florentina Masterson

Sister Mary Florentina Masterson

Sister Mary Florentina (Teresa Masterson), daughter of John Masterson and Mary McPhail, was born at Finch in the parish of Chesterville, on November 18, 1881. Of the family of nine, two embraced religious life as Sisters of Providence. Teresa entered the novitiate in...

Sister Mary Inez Manion

Sister Mary Inez Manion

Sister Mary Inez, (Catherine Mary Manion), a daughter of Lawrence Manion and Johanna Devine, was born in the parish of Corkery, Ottawa diocese, and educated in the local school and Notre Dame Convent, Ottawa. When Mr. Manion died at the age of fifty-one, Mrs. Manion...

Sister Mary Edmund

Sister Mary Edmund

Alice Dorinda Smith, a daughter of John Smith and Margaret Trainor of Maplewood, P.E.I., was born on November 28, 1895 and baptized one week later at St. Joseph’s Church, Kelly’s Cross, P.E.I. Later the family moved to Charlottetown. The Smith home must have been an...

Sister Mary Columba Hyland

Sister Mary Columba Hyland

Sister Mary Columba, well known in Kingston city and archdiocese, died at Hotel Dieu Hospital on January 6, 1970. Born in County Galway, Ireland on October 21, 1883, the daughter of John Hyland and Mary Guilfoyle.  Mary Brigid was baptized three days later in the...

Sister Mary Casimir McDonald

Sister Mary Casimir McDonald

Sister Mary Casimir died at the Marian Infirmary, Providence Motherhouse, on December 9th after fifty-seven years of religious life. Sister was born in the parish of St. Patrick’s, Railton, Ontario, July 9, 1885 and baptized on August 2nd by Reverend Charles...

Sister Mary Esther Fowler

Sister Mary Esther Fowler

Sister Mary Esther was born at Mr. Chesney, Ontario, November 5, 1889, and baptized in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kingston, on November 10th by Reverend Thomas Murtagh. Her parents were Patrick Fowler and Mary Dillon, a couple of strong Irish faith, from whose family of...

Sister Mary Alacoque Scott

Sister Mary Alacoque Scott

Sister Mary Alacoque (Margaret Ellen Scott) was born in the parish of Corkery, Carleton County, Ontario on August 9, 1877, the daughter of John Scott and Sarah Carroll. On January 9, 1907, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Providence, and after profession in...

Sister Mary Irene Jordan

Sister Mary Irene Jordan

The daughter of Nicholas Jordan and Catherine Donovan Jordan, Mary Angelus was born on March 24, 1883 at Forest Mills, Ontario, a village now in the parish of Richmond, a mission of Read parish. She was baptized on April 8 in St. Patrick’s Church, Napanee. Her father...

Sister Mary Maurice Maloney

Sister Mary Maurice Maloney

After a long and fervent religious life, Sister Mary Maurice died at the Marian Infirmary of the Motherhouse on August 15, 1969.  Mary Ellen Maloney was born at Marmora on October 21, 1878, a daughter of Michael Maloney and Mary Shannon, who, according to Father...

Sister Mary Hazel Vincent

Sister Mary Hazel Vincent

On May 16, 1969, Sister Mary Helena died at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital, Kingston, after a prolonged illness. Sister was born in Montreal, the daughter of Henry Vincent and Agnes Anna Cotter, and was baptized four days after her birth in the parish church of St....

Sister Mary Oswald

Sister Mary Oswald

A devoted loyal member of the community for 58 years, Sister Mary Oswald went home to God on February 24, 1969, from the Marian Infirmary of the Motherhouse. Born in Fallowfield, Ontario, in the diocese of Ottawa on May 18, 1884, Mary Ann was one of a family of eight...

Sister Mary Paschal Kinlin

Sister Mary Paschal Kinlin

Mary Elizabeth Kinlin, a daughter of Stephen Kinlin and Ann Whalen, was born at Bogart, Ontario, the parish of Stoco on January 25, 1893, one of a family of seven, three of whom consecrated themselves to the service of God in religious life. With her sister Bridget,...

Sister Mary Gerald Murphy

Sister Mary Gerald Murphy

Katherine Murphy, daughter of Martin Murphy and Mary Hyland, was born in Stirling, Ontario, on October 13, 1884, one of a family of seven. On December 8, 1912, she entered the Novitiate at the House of Providence just a few months after her sister Mary had made...