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 The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates.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

Sister Marion Farnand

Marguerite Marion Farnand was born on February 9, 1908 in Buckingham, Quebec, a town located in the foothills of the Laurentians about twenty miles from Ottawa. She was the eldest of ten children born to Mary Ellen Lavell and Anthony Farnand. Her parents owned a farm...

Sister Helen Maloney

Sister Helen Maloney

Helen Maloney was born at Mount St. Patrick on August 4, 1926, the middle child of nine children born to Margaret McDonald and John Maloney. Her mother, being a teacher, taught the children many things before they went to school. Both parents taught the children...

Sister Mary Edgar McCulloch

Sister Mary Edgar McCulloch

Agnes Isabella McCulloch was born in Whitewater, Manitoba, on October 14, 1908. She was the 6th of 8 children born to Edgar McCulloch and Alice Aindow. Her parents had emigrated from England around 1902. There was no school in Whitewater so she did not attend school...

Sister Frances Piasecki

Sister Frances Piasecki

Frances Piasecki was born in Hamilton, Ontario on March 30, 1926, the eldest of six children. When Frances was very young her family went to Winnipeg in search of work. But when that failed they returned to Hamilton. Frances began working in a cotton mill when she was...

Sister Mary Marcia Goodwin

Sister Mary Marcia Goodwin

Mary Irene Angela Goodwin was born in Toronto on May 12th, 1914 to Augustus Goodwin and Anastasia Riordan. When she was two years old, her mother died and a few months later her younger sister died of whooping cough. Her father was in a dilemma as to what to do with a...

Sister Mary John Downy

Sister Mary John Downy

Alice Ann Downey was born on September 19, 1916 in Bainsville, Ontario, the sixth of 11 children born to John Joseph Downey and Mary Catherine Cameron. She grew up in a loving family where she experienced, as expressed in her own words, “God’s unconditional love from...

Sister Kathryn LaFleur

Sister Kathryn LaFleur

Kathryn Blanche LaFleur was born in Kingston on October 16, 1940 the youngest of 4 children of Evelyn Blanche Wiskin and George LaFleur. She attended St. John’s and St. Patrick’s Elementary Schools where she was taught by the Sisters of Providence, and Cathedral...

Sister Mary Teresa Cole

Sister Mary Teresa Cole

Sister Mary Teresa was born at St. Francis Hospital in Smiths Falls. The eldest daughter of Patrick and Helena (Sloan) Cole, she was baptized Zelda Anna Camella Cole. Sister grew up in Smiths Falls and attended elementary and secondary school there except for two...

Sister Marian McCallum

Sister Marian McCallum

Sister Marian McCallum was born in Montreal on May 11, 1948 and attended St. Malachy’s School and Marymount High School. Following her graduation, she entered the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul on September 8, 1965. After graduating from the Ottawa...

Sister Mary Collins

Sister Mary Collins

Mary Collins was born in Tweed, Ontario, the second eldest of six children of Joseph and Harriet LaJoie. She grew up on the family farm just outside of Tweed and attended the St. Carthagh’s Separate School where she was educated by the Sisters of Providence. Her...

Sister Kathleen Maguire

Sister Kathleen Maguire

Kathleen Maguire was born on January 18, 1910, the fifth of eleven children. All eleven children were born in the family farm house near Moyglass, Ireland. When Ireland was divided in 1922, Mr. Maguire, not wanting to raise his children in a divided county and...

Sister Marie Dumont

Sister Marie Dumont

Marie Jean Estelle Dumont, born in Chauvin, Alberta, on March 29, 1922, was the only daughter of Joseph Amedee Dumont and Anastasia Jane Dwyer. She grew up on the family farm with her five brothers until drought forced them to move to Edmonton. The family then moved...

Sister Mary Vincent Kramps

Sister Mary Vincent Kramps

Caroline Josephine Kramps was born on March 28, 1907 at home, the second of 13 children born to Caroline and August Kramps. Her parents were immigrants from Europe. Her father, born in Germany went to the United States in 1889 at the age of 17 and later came to...

Sister Ann Sullivan

Sister Ann Sullivan

Mary Anne Sullivan was born in Arnprior on February 3, 1922, one of 5 children of John Sullivan and Mabel Dorion. By the time she was six years old Anne had lost both parents. Her maternal grandmother and her uncle devoted themselves to bringing up the five Sullivan...

Sister Mary Moderwell

Sister Mary Moderwell

Mary Catherine was the second of five children born to William Moderwell and Catherine Casey on January 14, 1919 in Edmonton, Alberta. Four girls and one boy were a happy family in spite of the hardships of the “dirty thirties”. Her brother, Ken, was a pilot in World...

Sister Isobel Oatway

Sister Isobel Oatway

Isobel Mary Oatway was born on May 6, 1913 to William Oatway and Mary Ellen Corkery in Stanleyville, Ontario. She was the eldest of 7 children. Her family lived in Stanleyville during the war and later moved to Toronto where they remained for a number of years. The...

Sister Margaret Rose Fardella

Sister Margaret Rose Fardella

Margaret Rose was born in Alliston, Ontario on August 26, 1931, the eleventh of twelve children. She received her early education at St. Vincent’s Academy and Notre Dame High School in Kingston. She entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de...

Sister Mary Catherine Doherty

Sister Mary Catherine Doherty

Catherine Doherty was born on October 22, 1914 in Buncrana County, Donegal, Ireland, the fourth child of eight children born to Patrick and Margaret (Porter) Doherty. The family left Ireland in 1925 and settled near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on a 640 acre wheat and...

Sister Marguerite O’Neill

Sister Marguerite O’Neill

Sister Marguerite was born in Belleville on March 19, 1928, the eldest of six children, growing up with five brothers. She attended the local public elementary school and St. Michael’s High School in Belleville. She entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Providence...

Sister Mary Ryan

Sister Mary Ryan

Sister Mary Ryan (Sister Mary Polycarp) was called home to her loving God on July 1, 2005. Mary Winnifred Ryan was born on March 8, 1923 in Cochrane, Ontario to Michael Joseph Ryan and Maude Joyce. Her twin sister died at a young age leaving Mary to grow up with her...