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 The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates.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

Sister Miriam Lawless

Sister Miriam Lawless

Miriam Lawless was born in Kingston, Ontario August 2, 1917 to Irene Belanger and Patrick Lawless the eldest of four children. She was baptized and received her first Communion and confirmation at St. Mary’s Cathedral. She received her early education at St. Vincent’s...

Sister Rose Bekar

Sister Rose Bekar

Sister Rose Bekar was born in Bayard, Sask., November 21, 1918, the twelfth of thirteen children born to Joseph and Ludvina (Maierhoffer) Pekar. Her parents immigrated to Canada in 1913 from Austria and settled on the vast prairies of Saskatchewan. She attended the...

Sister Eunice Sugars

Sister Eunice Sugars

In the little village of St. Andrews East, Quebec, Eunice Sugars and her twin brother, Gerald, were born on July 28, 1924 to Maria Rayson and Allan Sugars. Since her father had to move to different towns and cities to seek employment during the depression of the...

Sister Mary Joan LaFleur

Sister Mary Joan LaFleur

Sister Mary Joan, baptized Marion Doreen LaFleur, was born on August 12, 1930 in Kingston, Ontario, the eldest of four children of Evelyn Wiskin and George LaFleur. She received her elementary education at St. John’s School and her high school at Notre Dame Convent....

Sister Gertrude Casey

Sister Gertrude Casey

Mary Gertrude Casey was born in Tweed, Ontario on October 6, 1914, the youngest of five children of Mary Murphy and Peter Casey. She attended St. Carthagh’s Separate School and even though she wanted to attend high school for some reason she said that she didn’t. She...

Sister Mary Ellen Killeen

Sister Mary Ellen Killeen

Mary Ellen Killeen, born in Timmins, Ontario, on March 29, 1921, was the fifth of seven children of Daniel Killeen and Anne Lennon.  She grew up in Timmins attending Holy Family School and Timmins Secondary and Vocational School. She learned hairdressing as an...

Sister Marlene Schuster

Sister Marlene Schuster

Sister Marlene, baptized Valentine Rose Schuster, was the youngest of five children of Theresa Ritt and John Schuster. She was born on May 5, 1931 in Heisler, Alberta where she grew up surrounded by loving parents of deep faith. When her father became ill and was...

Sister Rose Healy

Sister Rose Healy

Rose Healy was born on April 29, 1924 in Smiths Falls, Ontario, the second of six children of Edmund Healy and Isabel Smith. She grew up on the family farm which her father had inherited from his parents. She received her elementary education in the rural school close...

Sister Mary Alberta Gallagher

Sister Mary Alberta Gallagher

Mary Marguerite Gallagher, the eldest for nine children of Fergal Aloysius Gallagher and Mary Alberta O’Toole, was born on September 24, 1921 in Yorkton, Sask. She attended Mapleside School for Grades 1 – 9 and Sacred Heart Academy, Yorkton for Grade 10. Her Grade 11...

Sister Sara MacDonald

Sister Sara MacDonald

Sister Sarah MacDonald, of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, died peacefully following a brief illness on January 6, 2014 at Kingston General Hospital in the 71st year of her religious life. She was born in Trenton, Ontario on May 28, 1923, the fifth...

Sister Nancy Wilson

Sister Nancy Wilson

Sister Nancy Wilson (Sr. M. Theresa Anne), former General Superior of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, died at Kingston General Hospital on November 14, 2013 in the 62nd year of her religious life. She was born in Perth on July 22, 1932 the fourth of...

Sister Nancy Hunter

Sister Nancy Hunter

Sister Nancy Hunter (Sr. M. Margaret) of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul died peacefully at Providence Motherhouse on November 12, 2013. She was born on March 13, 1932 in Brockville, Ontario one of twelve children of Margaret Black and Bernard Hunter....

Sister Mary Lucy McGrath

Sister Mary Lucy McGrath

Sister M. Lucy McGrath (Mary Elizabeth McGrath) of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul was called home to her Loving God at Providence Motherhouse, Kingston, Ontario, on October 9, 2013. She was born in Montreal on March 29, 1921 to Margaret Helena...

Sister Muriel Gallagher

Sister Muriel Gallagher

Alice Bernadette Gallagher was the third child born into a family of four girls and five boys. Her mother, Mary Alberta O’Toole, a Nova Scotian, met her future husband, Fergal Aloysius Gallagher, while teaching in Yorkton, Sask. It was on the Gallagher farm seven and...

Sister Mary George Costley

Sister Mary George Costley

Sybil Marie Costley was born on January 23, 1932 in St. John, New Brunswick. At 18 months of age she was adopted by George Costley and Margaret Helen McKinnon. They had earlier adopted another daughter, Margaret, affectionately known as Maggie by Sybil and became a...

Sister Gracia Whalen

Sister Gracia Whalen

Sister Gracia Whalen (Catherine Agnes Whalen) of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul died peacefully on December 14, 2012 at Providence Motherhouse, Kingston, Ontario in the 71st year of her Religious Life. Sister Gracia was born in Belleville, Ontario on...

Sister Leona Fitzgerald

Sister Leona Fitzgerald

Mary Leona Fitzgerald was the third of eight children born to Catherine Agnes McAlpine and Patrick Fitzgerald on February 23, 1919 in Greenview, Ontario in a small farmhouse reached only by a road through the fields. She attended elementary school in Greenview, Grades...

Sister Mary Anna Kelly

Sister Mary Anna Kelly

Margaret Mary Kelly was born in Regina on May 20, 1923, the third of five children of Rose Ann Beesley and John Kelly. Since her father was an officer with the RCMP, the family moved frequently. From Regina where she was born, the family was posted to Saskatoon,...

Sister Giovanni Burrowes

Sister Giovanni Burrowes

Sister Giovanni was born in Kingston, Jamaica on September 1, 1929 to Colin and Inez Burrowes. She came to Canada where she trained as a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal graduating in May 1953. She nursed on staff until she entered the novitiate of the Sisters...