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 The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates.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

Sister Helen McFadden

After Sister Helen’s death some people remarked that she must have been very special because she was born on the feast of the Annunciation, March 25, 1924, died on the feast of St. Vincent de Paul September 27, 2001 and was buried on the feast of the Little Flower, on...

Sister Hannah Coleman

Sister Hannah Coleman

Some people make an impression not by their physical size but by the size of their hearts. Sister Hannah was one of these special people. She preached the gospel, simply by the quiet, kind way in which she served others all of her life. Those who were close to Sister...

Sister Mary Clement Consitt

Sister Mary Clement Consitt

Mary Isidora Consitt was born on April 28, 1915 on the homestead of Clifton Farm located on the Scotch Line just south of Perth, Ontario. Her father, George Frederick Consitt was the great grandson of the original settler who came from England and her mother, Sarah...

Sister Irene Forrester

Sister Irene Forrester

“If you really love people and have a desire to journey with them through the ups and downs, you will love life because you will know that your God is the ever-faithful One who accompanies you on the journey and promises you fullness of life.” These words, to young...

Sister Martha Diethelm

Sister Martha Diethelm

Some people preach the gospel without words, simply by the quiet, faithful example of their lives. Those who were close to Sister Martha described her as being one of these special followers of Jesus. Sister, who died suddenly of cardiac arrest in Regina General...

Sister Dorothy Gill

Sister Dorothy Gill

Always a woman of faith and prayer, one of Sister Dorothy’s last requests shortly before she died on August 30, 2000 was to be given her breviary. However, since her hands would no longer hold this precious book, she freely put it aside. This gesture was symbolic of...

Sister Helen Collins

Sister Helen Collins

After a long and fruitful life, Sister Helen Collins died August 16, 2000 at Providence Motherhouse. She was eighty-seven years young. Helen Elizabeth Collins, daughter of John Collins and Louise Grimes, was born in Carlsbad Springs, Ontario, December 10, 1913. She...

Sister Mary Giroux

Sister Mary Giroux

The life of Sister Mary Giroux (Lalonde), of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul, Kingston, could read like a high powered work of fiction. She indeed had a rich and varied life. Born in North Bay in 1911, Mary Josephine Lalonde was the eldest of ten...

Sister Martha McKenna

Sister Martha McKenna

Martha Helena McKenna, born on September 8, 1910 at Merrickville, Ontario, was the seventh of nine children born to Christopher McKenna and Anna (O’Connor). Sister Martha, as she was called at the time of her death on March 7, was the last surviving member of her...

Sister Mary Carthagh Barrow

Sister Mary Carthagh Barrow

Mary Isabella Barrow was born on May 10, 1899 in Central Lake, Michigan USA, and what a long fruitful life she led. Her parents, Joseph Barrow and Rebecca (Ferguson), had nine other children, three more girls and six boys. Providence in the form of Sister’s...

Sister Mary Annette Kennedy

Sister Mary Annette Kennedy

After a long and fruitful life, Sister Mary Annette died August 29, 1999 at Providence Motherhouse. She was eighty-eight years old. Anne Mary, daughter of John Kennedy and Mary Elizabeth (Williams), was born in Belleville, Ontario, November 14, 1910. Her father, a...

Sister Mary Joanna Voytechek

Sister Mary Joanna Voytechek

Sister Mary Joanna died August 25, 1999 at St. Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital, Edmonton AB. In accordance with her wishes, Sister was waked and buried in Edmonton. Amelia Voytechek was born on Easter Sunday, April 23, 1916 in Mountain Park, AB. Her parents Michael and...

Sister Olive Gibbons

Sister Olive Gibbons

Although small in stature like Zaccheus of old, Sister Olive Gibbons, formerly Sister Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, was a great friend of Jesus and some would say a giant in the spiritual life. In her 94th year, the last surviving member of her immediate family, Sister...

Sister Mary Joseph O’Brien

Sister Mary Joseph O’Brien

Out of this life I shall never takeThings of silver and gold, I make.…Shall the Great Judge learnWhen my task is throughthat my spirit has gathered some riches too? These lines are part of a poem composed and left behind by Sister Mary Joseph’s mother, Mary Agnes, who...

Sister Margaret Black

Sister Margaret Black

Sister Margaret Black, formerly Sister Mary Imelda, in her 91st year, died at Providence Motherhouse, Kingston, on May 8, 1999. She was survived by her brother, James of Belleville. Margaret, one of a family of seven children, was born in Belleville on March 30, 1908....

Sister Mary Canice Joynt

Sister Mary Canice Joynt

Sister Mary Canice died at Providence Motherhouse, Kingston, on March 22, 1999[sic]*. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Catherine Joynt, the youngest of sixteen children, first saw the light of day in Quebec City on August 18, 1908. Her Irish...

Sister Mary Hagan

Sister Mary Hagan

Sister Mary Hagan, suffered a stroke on March 4, 1999. After a brief time in Kingston General Hospital, she returned to Providence Motherhouse where she died peacefully on March 22, 1999. Mary, the daughter of an Irish immigrant family, was born in Westport on January...

Sister Margaret Haughian

Sister Margaret Haughian

After a long and fruitful life, Sister Margaret Haughian died suddenly at Kingston General Hospital on February 11, 1999. She was eighty years old. Sister Margaret was born in Stanleyville, Ontario, on October 13, 1918. After the death of her mother at childbirth,...

Sister Mary Denise Closs

Sister Mary Denise Closs

After a long and fruitful life, Sister Mary Denise, Sister of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul died at Providence Motherhouse, Kingston, Ontario on December 23, 1998. Her parents, the descendants of emigrant farmers from Northern Ireland, settled in Lanark Township,...

Sister Mary Hamilton

Sister Mary Hamilton

Spring was late coming in 1909, but Mary Margaret Theresa Hamilton arrived on time, on April 30 to be welcomed by her parents, Elizabeth (Donovan) and Robert, of Elgin. She also lit up the life of her two siblings who preceded her into this world, Gerald and Evelyn....