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 The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates.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

Sister Mary Adele Dorian

Mary Agnes Dorian was born in Belleville, the second of three children born to Edward and Annie (McCormick). She received her early education at Avondale Public School and St. Michael’s Academy and her high school at Belleville Collegiate and Vocational School. As far...

Sister Gertrude McGinn

Sister Gertrude McGinn

Sister Gertrude went home to her loving God peacefully on February 8, 2005. Sarah Gertrude McGinn was born at Fairview Farm on the 4th Concession of Matilda Township, Dixon’s Corners, Dundas County on Oct. 7, 1913, the eighth child of James McGinn and Alice (Gibbons)....

Sister Mary Alma Murphy

Sister Mary Alma Murphy

Sister Mary Alma was called home to her loving God on January 14, 2005 at Providence Motherhouse. Mary Helen Murphy, the second eldest of six siblings, was born in Melrose, Ontario where she grew up on the family farm and attended the local elementary school and later...

Sister Dorothy MacDonell

Sister Dorothy MacDonell

Sister Dorothy MacDonell was called home to her loving God on Wednesday, November 10, 2004. Sister Dorothy was born in Greenfield, Ontario, a small town close to Alexandria, Ontario. She was the eldest of ten children, five girls and five boys, born to Mary Catherine...

Sister Bernice Boyle

Sister Bernice Boyle

Mary Bernice Boyle was born on September 12, 1923 in Belleville, Ontario, the second youngest of ten children – 5 boys and 5 girls. She received her early education at Michael’s Academy and St. Michael’s High School in Belleville. She entered the Novitiate of the...

Sister Mary Publow

Sister Mary Publow

Sister Mary Publow went home to her loving God at Providence Motherhouse, Kingston, Ontario on August 20, 2004. Mary was born in Perth Ontario, to Francis and Mary Eva (Young), the third oldest in a family of six boys. She grew up in a loving family on a small from on...

Sister Mary Felicitas Wekel

Sister Mary Felicitas Wekel

Sister M. Felicitas Wekel died of cancer on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at Providence Motherhouse, Kingston, Ontario. She was born January 18, 1916 in Fife Lake, Saskatchewan of immigrant parents from Austro-Hungary. She received her early education in the rural school...

Sister Winnifred Whalen

Sister Winnifred Whalen

Mary Winnifred Whalen was born November 2, 1913, to Alice Doran and Thomas Whalen in her grandparent’s home in the town of Bogart, Hungerford Township, County of Hastings. She was the fifth child in a family of six children – four girls and two boys.  When she was a...

Sister Catherine Power

Sister Catherine Power

Catherine Mary Power was born on May 15, 1911 in Wine River, New Brunswick to Thomas A. Power and Marcella Flanagan. She was one of thirteen children. Her father was a farmer and worked in the lumber business during the winter months. Catherine attended the Wine river...

Sister Winnifred Callary

Sister Winnifred Callary

Sister Winnifred Callary died of cancer on Tuesday, December 16, 2003, at Providence Motherhouse in Kingston, Ontario. Born in the family home in Outremont, Quebec on November 11, 1917, she was the fifth child of seven children born to Helen (Mullen) and Owen Joseph...

Sister Stella McRae

Sister Stella McRae

After a very long and fruitful life, Sister Stella McRae died on August 3, 2003, at Providence Motherhouse, Kingston Ontario. Born on July 9, 1902 in Bainsville near Glen Nevis, Ontario, Stella and her nine siblings were brought up on a farm in Curry Hill. The eldest...

Sister Delphine Kennelly

Sister Delphine Kennelly

Mary Ann Kennelly was born on December 5, 1915 in Stratton, Ontario to Annie Frances (Daley) and Vincent Kennelly, the first of nine children. She spent her first eight years growing up on a farm in the Rainy River District. Her father worked in the lumber camps...

Sister Mary David Moran

Sister Mary David Moran

Clara Moran was born on a farm in an area called Wellfield about six miles from Chatham NB on June 11, 1914 to Mary (Dignam) and William Moran, the second eldest of six children. Her parents were both of Irish descent. Her father was very keen on educating the...

Sister Mary Angeline Garvin

Sister Mary Angeline Garvin

The late Sister M. Angeline was born in Kitley Township, in the county of Leeds, January 5, 1916, the tenth of twelve children born to Francis Garvin and Maria Bissonnette. She began her early education at the age of seven at the local rural school. Her father was a...

Sister Agnes Tapper

Sister Agnes Tapper

The late Sister Agnes Tapper was born in Torbay, Newfoundland on September 12, 1920. Agnes was one of eleven children born to Mary and Francis Tapper. There were six children before Agnes arrived. Agnes received her early education in Torbay, Newfoundland. As a young...

Sister Joan Whittingham

Sister Joan Whittingham

“My lifelong belief that adversity gives birth to greater depth, greater integrity and the opening of our eyes and hearts to God’s wisdom sustains me.” These words spoken by the late Sister Joan Whittingham are indicative of the deep spiritual life which upheld her...

Sister Dorothy Hills

Sister Dorothy Hills

The late Sister Dorothy Hills was born on June 16, 1915 in Daysland, Alberta, the second child of Catherine (Anderson) and Albion Hills. She had two sisters, Alice who was four years older, and Eileen who was two years younger. When Dorothy was only two her family...

Sister Rita Killeen

Sister Rita Killeen

The late Sister Rita Killeen was born on March 2, 1921 in Perth, Ontario. She was the second youngest of eight children to bless the home of Alphonsus and Matilda (Egan). Rita’s father worked in the mine in Timmins while his wife, and her mother, Tillie Egan, looked...

Sister Ann Durkin

Sister Ann Durkin

The late Sister Ann Durkin was born Anna (Ann) Lavina Durkin on June 16, 1909 on a farm in Stoco, near Tweed, Ontario. She was one of seven children to bless the home of Edward and Alice (Kehoe). Ann wanted to enter religious life in 1932 but was needed at home...

Sister Dorothy O’Neill

Sister Dorothy O’Neill

Dorothy Mary Frances was born in Stirling, Ontario on November 11, 1932, the first child of Kathleen and Joseph O’Neill who were both of Irish Canadian nationality and who faithfully embraced their Roman Catholic faith. Her brother Ronnie, who was to precede her into...