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 The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates.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

Sister Margaret McCallion

Sister Margaret McCallion of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul died peacefully at Providence Motherhouse, Kingston, Ontario on April 9, 2012 in the 65th year of religious life. Born on April 26, 1911 in Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Scotland, she was the seventh...

Sister Mary Regina Kelly

Sister Mary Regina Kelly

Sister Mary Regina Kelly was called home unexpectedly to her loving God on March 25, 2012 at Providence Motherhouse, Kingston, Ontario. She was born in London, Ontario on November 6, 1922 the eldest of 8 children of Katherine McDonald and Thomas Farrell Kelly. Her...

Sister Mary Murphy

Sister Mary Murphy

Mary Alma Murphy was born on February 28, 1918 in Chandler, Quebec, to Christine Mauger and Michael Patrick Murphy. Before she entered religious life, Mary worked as a stenographer for the Provincial Government in Cape Cove, Quebec, as a stenographer and book-keeper...

Sister Rose Anne Ryan

Sister Rose Anne Ryan

Dorothy Sarah Ryan (Rose Anne) and her twin sister, Theresa Doris (Rose Mary), were born on December 17, 1929 to Jane Gannon and William Ryan in Picton, Ontario. Being one of nine children, she grew up in a loving and faith filled family on the outskirts of Picton....

Sister Joan Wing

Sister Joan Wing

Joan Wing was born on April 30, 1922 in Gananoque, Ontario, the youngest of five children of Elizabeth Corboy and William J. Wing. She received her education at St. John’s Separate School and Gananoque High School. In 1943 she graduated as a registered nurse from St....

Sister Rose Mary Ryan

Sister Rose Mary Ryan

Sister Rose Mary Ryan (Theresa Doris Ryan) was born on December 17, 1929 in Picton, Ontario, one of nine children of Jane Gannon and William Ryan. She was blessed with a twin sister, Dorothy Sarah, Sister Rose Anne. She grew up in a very happy family home which was...

Sister Grace Garvey

Sister Grace Garvey

Mary Theresa Grace Garvey was born on July 19, 1916 in Mayo, Quebec, the third eldest of twelve children. Grace grew up on the family farm in a warm family devoted to one another and to the Church. Her parents, Thomas Patrick and Rose (Killeen) Garvey were called by...

Sister Inez Donovan

Sister Inez Donovan

Mary Inez Donovan was born in Smiths Falls on December 29, 1918 the second oldest of 6 children of Cornelius Bernard Donovan and Bridget Agnes Smith. She grew up on the family farm in Toledo and received her elementary education in a small country school in Kitly...

Sister Theresa Matthews

Sister Theresa Matthews

Theresa Matthews was born in Toronto on June 16, 1930 the eldest of six children born to Florence Casey and Charles Patrick Matthews. She received her early education at St. Vincent’s School in Kingston and her secondary school diploma from Notre Dame High School,...

Sister Rose Collins

Sister Rose Collins

Rose Collins was the fifth of six children born to Joseph Collins and Harriet Lajoie on February 18, 1916 in Hungerford Township. She attended St. Carthagh’s Separate School in Tweed, Ontario and the Tweed High School and in 1936 she graduated from the Ottawa...

Sister Margaret Mary Lines

Sister Margaret Mary Lines

Patricia Ann Lines was born in Montreal on January 12, 1930. She was the only child of Margaret Monteith and William John Lines. She attended St. Ann’s Academy and St. Gabriel’s School in Montreal. She entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent...

Sister Mary Mona LeGrand

Sister Mary Mona LeGrand

Dorothy Margaret Katherine LeGrand was born on October 27th, 1928 in Montreal, Quebec, to Herbert LeGrand and Katherine Sheahan-St. Aubin. She had four brothers, and one sister. Dorothy was the youngest. When she was three years of age, her mother was killed in a car...

Sister Mary Fitzpatrick

Sister Mary Fitzpatrick

Mary Eleanor Fitzpatrick, the second daughter of David Fitzpatrick and Bertha Newton Heritage, was born on June 4, 1921 in Trenton, Ontario. She attended College Street Public School and St. Peter’s School in Trenton. She entered the Novitiate at Heathfield on August...

Sister Mary Perpetua McCarthy

Sister Mary Perpetua McCarthy

Mary Ellen McCarthy was born on November 21, 1919 the eldest of 7 children. She entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Providence on February 12, 1941 and made profession on March 19, 1943. After her First Profession, she was missioned to the House of Providence,...

Sister Jean Edey

Sister Jean Edey

Sister Jean was born in Carmangay, Alberta, on January 23, 1925, and entered the Novitiate on January 30, 1947. During her religious life, Sister Jean worked as housekeeper in the convents in Perth, Picton, Prescott and Edmonton. Her longest and best loved ministry...

Sister Mary Agnes Clare McConville

Sister Mary Agnes Clare McConville

Isobel Marie McConville was born in Trenton, Ontario on April 14, 1914 to Sara Shoniker and Harry McConville, the eldest of three Girls. Sister M. Agnes Clare received her elementary education (Grades 1 - 10) at St. Peter's School, Trenton and Grades 11 and 12 at...

Sister Patricia Kelly

Sister Patricia Kelly

Patricia Margaret Kelly was born in Bancroft, Ontario on August 24, 1920, the eldest of six children of Patrick Kelly and Ada Annie George. Her father’s parents were Irish Immigrants who came to Canada around the time of the potato famine in Ireland. Her father was a...

Sister Evelyn O’Grady

Sister Evelyn O’Grady

Mary Evelyn O’Grady was born in Montreal on May 2, 1931, the second child of Mary Margaret Meehan and Stephen Edward O’Grady. Along with her older sister and three younger brothers, she grew up in a very close and loving family. Her maternal grandparents as well as...

Sister Mary Josephine O’Neill

Sister Mary Josephine O’Neill

Helena Bernice O’Neill was born in Marmora, Ontario on November 6, 1912, the eldest of four girls. Although she was baptised Helena Bernice, she inherited the name Ellen which was an old family name on both sides of her family. She entered the Novitiate of the Sisters...

Sister Grace Maguire

Sister Grace Maguire

Grace Maguire was born on April 22, 1923 in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Ireland, to Francis Maguire and Rose Burns, the tenth in a family of six boys and five girls. The family immigrated to St. Brides, Alberta in 1927 when Grace was four years old. The older members...