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 The necrologies are historical documents and may contain errors, including variations in spellings and incorrect dates.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

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Sister Mary Noreen McGlade

Sister Mary Noreen McGlade

On November 5, 1909, Mary Ellen McGlade, one of eight children was born to Arthur Joseph McGlade and Catherine M. T. McCarthy in Perth, ON. Mary Ellen entered the Sisters of Providence on January 6, 1931, but, after six months, she decided to return to her home in...

Sister Mary Cabrini Cusack

Sister Mary Cabrini Cusack

Annie Josephine Cusack, a native of Ballanade, County Monaghan, Northern Ireland, was born on September 22, 1914, to James Cusack and Anne McAree, who migrated to Canada in 1921 with their eight children and settled on a farm in Vegreville AB. Annie worked at St....

Sister Mary Eugenia Schulte

Sister Mary Eugenia Schulte

Rose Mary Schulte, one of 11 children, was born in Spring Lake, AB., on March 18, 1904, to Frank Schulte and Aloysia Greindel. Rose Mary’s letter of recommendation from Rev. J. Seltmann, O.M.I., of St. Boniface Church, Spring Lake AB., stated her parents were among...

Sister Mary Anita Collins

Sister Mary Anita Collins

Barbara Lucille Collins, the daughter of William Collins and Mary Ellen McCann, was born on July 26 in Tweed, ON. William Collins immigrated to Canada from Letterkenny, Ireland with his parents who settled on a farm on Sugar Island, Ontario, with their eight children....

Sister Mary Elizabeth MacDonald

Sister Mary Elizabeth MacDonald

Mary Catherine McDonald, one of ten children of Hugh J. McDonald and Elizabeth McRae, was born on August 21, 1899, in Glen Roy in St. Raphael’s parish in Glengarry County. Her parents, who grew up in faith-filled homes, were courageous descendants of those hardy...

Sister Sarah Howell

Sister Sarah Howell

Sarah Ann Howell, one of 11 children, was born on January 2, 1909, to Elizabeth McNamara and Andrew Howell in Marysville in the Township of Tyendinaga. At the early age of 16, Sarah entered the Sisters of Providence after attending Notre Dame School in Kingston. She...

Sister Mary Helen Stack

Sister Mary Helen Stack

Mary Anne Theresa Stack was born in Arnprior Township on July 15, 1896, the daughter of John Stack and Margaret Hunt, both natives of Mount St. Patrick. Anne, one of the family of 11 children, was raised by god-fearing parents who believed in daily family prayer and...

Sister Mary Valeria Yenta

Sister Mary Valeria Yenta

Valeria Barbara Yenta was born on December 4, 1895, in Renfrew. She was one of nine children born to Thomas Yenta and Antonina Zyeviski, who had migrated to Canada from Poland in 1893 with their three month old daughter. As a young girl, Valeria had a great desire to...

Sister Mary LeSage

Sister Mary LeSage

Mary Harriet LeSage, one of 8 children of Mitchel LeSage and Philomen Genore, was born on April 3, 1905, in Otter Creek, ON.  Mary Harriet trained as a teacher in the Peterborough Normal School and taught in Tweed, Otter Creek and Wolfe Island. In 1933, being a woman...

Sister Mary Ruth Onyski

Sister Mary Ruth Onyski

Cecilia Mary Onyski, eldest of seven children, was born in Ottawa on March 25, 1914, to Stephen Onyski and Anna Klym who had immigrated to Canada from Poland. From Ottawa, the family moved to Brockville where Cecilia Mary attended the Brockville Collegiate Institute...

Sister Mary Melanie Coligan

Sister Mary Melanie Coligan

Thomas Coligan and Margaret Daley were the parents of eleven healthy children who were nurtured and cared for with love and concern in a non-affluent, but comfortable, home at Morrisburg, Ontario. Evelyn, born on August 27, 1912, was the youngest of three girls, with...

Sister Carmel Killeen

Sister Carmel Killeen

Carmel Josephine Killeen, the youngest of eight children, was born in Perth on March 27, 1922, to Alphonsus Killeen and Matilda Egan of Stanleyville. Carmel received her primary education at St. Bridget’s School, Stanleyville, and completed three years of high school...

Sister Margaret Killeen

Sister Margaret Killeen

Margaret Mary Killeen, one of 8 children, was born to Alphonsus Killeen and Matilda Egan of Stanleyville on July 7, 1914, in Gananoque. A teacher in the area at the time recalls the shining example which this devout couple handed on. From an early age, Margaret felt...

Sister Catherine Rose Myers

Sister Catherine Rose Myers

Catherine Rose Myers was born in Philipsville, Forfar, Ontario, on January 10, 1896, and was baptized on February 2. She was one of nine children born to Thomas M. Myers of Portland, Ont., and Rose Ann Healy of Toledo, Ont. Catherine Rose Myers was educated in a...

Sister Mary Gerald Francis Rayson

Sister Mary Gerald Francis Rayson

Mary Jemima Rayson was born in Vankleek Hill, Ont., on June 5, 1906, and was baptized on June 10. She was the oldest of six children born to John Andrew Rayson of Grenville, Que., and Theresa Carty of Vankleek Hill, Ont. Mary Jemima was a very self-sacrificing young...

Sister Mary Thrasilla MacDonell

Sister Mary Thrasilla MacDonell

Janet Isabella MacDonell, on of ten children of Mary Ann McDonald and Kenneth A. MacDonell, was born in Glen Nevis, Ontario, on January 17, 1902 and was baptized on January 19. She lived at North Lancaster, Ontario, receiving her early education at St. Margaret’s...

Sister Mary Joan of Arc Gabourie

Sister Mary Joan of Arc Gabourie

Mary Bernice Gabourie, one of nine children of Lillian Agnes Beausoleil and James Gabourie, was born in Tweed, Ontario, on April 16, 1901. Prior to her entering the Novitiate of the Sisters of Providence in Kingston on January 6, 1919, Mary Bernice, having completed...

Sister Mary Rose of Viterbo Whalen

Sister Mary Rose of Viterbo Whalen

Ann Whalen was born in Hungerford, Ont. on January 8, 1897, and was baptized on January 24. She was one of fourteen children born to Sara McGrath and William Whalen. At the age of 15, Ann Whalen wanted to enter the Congregation of St. Joseph but was told that she was...

Sister Phyllis Genore

Sister Phyllis Genore

Philomena Martina Genore was born in Otter Creek, Ontario, on the 13 of October, 1909, one of nine children born to Albert Genore of Sorel, Que., and Mary Courneyea of Tweed. Philomena changed her name to Phyllis for personal reasons. Phylllis had Grade IX education...

Sister Mary Fergus Masterson

Sister Mary Fergus Masterson

Mary Stella Masterson, one of nine children of James Masterson and Ellen Foley, was born on November 22, 1903, in Chesterville, Ont. Mr. James Masterson attended elementary school in Cannaught and on reaching adulthood, he decided to make his way in the world. He and...