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 The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates.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

Sister Mary Dorothea Griswold

On February 28, 1959, the Community suffered the loss of a member of the General Council, Rev. Mother Mary Dorothea. Though she had reached the advanced age of 84, Mother Dorothea had been on duty until September 1958 and remained mentally alert until three weeks...

Sister Mary of Mercy Corrigan

Sister Mary of Mercy Corrigan

On Thursday, February 19, the Sisters of Providence lost a venerable religious in the person of Sister Mary of Mercy, who was in the sixtieth year of her religious life. The former Margaret Corrigan was a native of Kingston, a daughter of Daniel Corrigan and Margaret...

Sister Mary Leona Vincent

Sister Mary Leona Vincent

A Sister who could be of much use to her Community for many more years has been called by death to join the ever-increasing ranks of our dear departed in eternity. For more than a year the dread disease of cancer had marked for its prey our dear little Sister Mary...

Sister Mary Peter Garvin

Sister Mary Peter Garvin

If a long life of patient suffering makes a saint, we have one more added to our list in eternity, D.V. Sister Mary Peter for well nigh fifty-five years a member of the Community, died at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville on Thursday, May 29th, after an illness...

Sister Mary Justin LeTang

Sister Mary Justin LeTang

Sister Mary Justin, for forty-one years a member of our Community, died here at this Mother House, Tuesday, May 27th after a lingering illness of several years. In 1954 she was transferred, with a number of sick Sisters, from the House of Providence to our new Marian...

Sister Mary Kevin McNulty

Sister Mary Kevin McNulty

Sister Mary Kevin died at the Marian Infirmary on Friday, April 18, 1958, after an illness of some five years. Born in the parish of Killasser, County Mayo, Ireland, Catherine McNulty, as Sister was known, she came to Canada in April 1914 to enter the Novitiate of the...

Sister Mary Damian Callahan

Sister Mary Damian Callahan

Sister Mary Damian died early Friday morning, Jan. 31st, between five and eight o’clock at the Marian Infirmary. When Sister went to her room with her breakfast around 8 a.m., she was shocked to find Sister M. Damian dead. The night Sister reported that she had been...

Sister Mary Loyola Whelan

Sister Mary Loyola Whelan

Sister Mary Loyola, Alice Whelan, died at the Marian Infirmary, Heathfield, on September 15th, the beautiful Feast of Our Mother of Sorrows, to whom she had special devotion. Sister was born in Westport, Ontario, daughter of the late John Whelan and Jane Patterson....

Sister Mary Gerard Traynor

Sister Mary Gerard Traynor

Sister Mary Gerard, Ellen Traynor, died at the Marian Infirmary, Heathfield, Wednesday, September 4th, 1957. Born in Carlton Place, Sister entered the Novitiate at the House of Providence, Kingston, in January 1904, the third of her family to accept a vocation to...

Sister Mary Dorothy Coyne

Sister Mary Dorothy Coyne

Sister Mary Dorothy (Mary Agnes Coyne) of our Community died suddenly at the Hotel Dieu, Kingston, on Sunday, August 18th. Born in Chesterville, Sister was the daughter of Patrick Coyne and Norah Kain, pioneer residents of that locality. In 1906 she entered the...

Sister Mary Benedict Boylan

Sister Mary Benedict Boylan

Sister Mary Benedict died quite suddenly on Sunday evening, August 11, during the annual retreat. Sister had complained of not feeling well and took a light supper only. While preparing for bed, the Sister Infirmarian noticed her slumping in her chair and called at...

Sister Mary Sebastian Gilleran

Sister Mary Sebastian Gilleran

Sister Mary Sebastian died Wednesday night, May 29th, in the Marian Infirmary, Providence Mother House, Heathfield. Margaret Gilleran was born in Brockville, daughter of James Gilleran and Mary Fee. At an early age she became associated with her Sisters at St. Vincent...

Sister Mary Eleanor Shanahan

Sister Mary Eleanor Shanahan

Sister Mary Eleanor, Elizabeth Shanahan, died Tuesday, April 16, at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville, where she had been a patient for the past three years. Sister’s birthplace was Fortune Harbour, Newfoundland and her parents were Thomas Shanahan and...

Sister Mary Juliana McMahon

Sister Mary Juliana McMahon

Sister Mary Juliana, Elizabeth McMahon, died on Wednesday, April third, at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville, after an illness of about two years. Born in Chesterville, Ont., she was a daughter of the late Thomas McMahon and Mary Anne Kearney who gave two other...

Sister Mary Cyprian O’Holloran

Sister Mary Cyprian O’Holloran

Sister Mary Cyprian died on Saturday morning, February 9th in the Marian Infirmary, Heathfield. The former Elizabeth O’Halloran was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I., and resided there until she entered the Novitiate at the House of Providence, Kingston. Sister came of a...

Sister Mary Felix Murphy

Sister Mary Felix Murphy

Sister Mary Felix died at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital on January 6th, 1957, after a long illness. Sister was born in Madoc, of a large family of brothers and sisters. She entered the Novitiate, then at St. Mary’s of the lake, on June 29, 1910, and was soon...

Sister Mary James Vincent Cleary

Sister Mary James Vincent Cleary

On the feast of her patroness, St. Teresa, a short half-hour before the Pontifical Mass which was offered to mark her Diamond Jubilee of Profession, Margaret Teresa Cleary, in religion Sister Mary James Vincent, was called to her Eternal Jubilee. The Jubilee Mass for...

Sister Mary Amable Truaisch

Sister Mary Amable Truaisch

Sister Mary Amable died Wednesday afternoon, October 10th at the Marian Infirmary, “Heathfield” after an illness of three months. Mary Margaret Truaisch was born in Belleville, Ontario, the eldest of seven children of Mr. John Truaisch and Florence McInich, and...

Sister Mary Clotilda Brady

Sister Mary Clotilda Brady

Sister Mary Clotilda, Margaret Mary Brady, died at the Marian Infirmary on September 25th, after an illness of over ten years. Born at Brewers Mills, the daughter of Charles Brady and Mary Mangan, she entered the Novitiate in 1909. In 1912 she made her Religious...

Sister Mary Sebastian Gilleran

Sister Mary Bertha Hogan

Sister Mary Bertha (Elizabeth Loretta Hogan) died on Friday, June 1st at the Ontario Hospital, Woodstock, after an illness of some thirty three years. Loretta Hogan, as she was known, was born in Railton, Ontario, Sept. 13, 1882. In 1913 she entered the Novitiate at...