Remembrances

Will we all meet in heaven? O what joy to even think of it.

Catherine McAuley

Please join in both the joy and sorrow of celebrating the lives of Sisters of Mercy who have gone before us. Let us always remember that it is on their shoulders that we stand.

Obituaries are posted for a period of three months. For inquiries about a sister's death prior to that timeframe, please contact our archivists using our online form

  • Sister Sister Mary Joan Lang, Age 90

    Age 90

    West Midwest

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    Sister Joan came to know the Sisters of Mercy at a young age, especially by witnessing her sister, Sister Mary Avellino, serve the Chicago community. She entered in 1957, professing perpetual vows in 1965.

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  • Sister Mary Howard Cowan

    Age 97

    New York, Pennsylvania West

    Sunday, January 3, 2021

    Sister Mary Howard Cowan, a nurse with a heart for caring for the elderly, was a Sister of Mercy for 74 years.

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  • Sister Mary Annrita Bauer

    Age 87

    West Midwest

    Friday, January 1, 2021

    Sister Mary Annrita followed her desire to become a Sister of Mercy at age 17, no doubt encouraged by the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, and by her aunts who were members of the Mercy Community.

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  • Sister Joanne McDermott

    Age 82

    Mid-Atlantic

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020

    Sister Joanne’s ministry included many successful years in elementary and secondary education. She taught primary and intermediate grades in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina.

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  • Sister Mary Kathleen O’Brien

    Age 97

    Mid-Atlantic

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020

    A Sister of Mercy for nearly 80 years, Sister Kathleen joined the Community following her two sisters, Sister Mary Denis and Sister Mary Virgilius. Also serving the church was their brother, Father Denis O’Brien.

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  • Sister Margaret Anne O’Connor

    Age 81

    Mid-Atlantic

    Saturday, December 26, 2020

    Born in Geneva, New York, and educated at St. Mary’s College in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, Sister Margaret (Peg) entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1960.

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  • Sister Sally Ryan

    Age 87

    Mid-Atlantic

    Wednesday, December 23, 2020

    A Sister of Mercy for 67 years, Sister Sally found her greatest joy as the director of pastoral ministry to the disabled in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in Brooklyn, New York, a position she held for over 25 years.

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  • Sister Mary Dorothea Montgomery

    Age 95

    South Central

    Wednesday, December 16, 2020

    Sister Mary Dorothea Montgomery was educated by the Ursuline Sisters at St. Lawrence in Philpot, Kentucky. One of her Ursuline teachers had a picture on her desk of her blood sister, a Sister of Mercy.

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  • Sister Mary Alice O’Brien

    Age 83

    New York, Pennsylvania West

    Sunday, December 13, 2020

    Sister Mary Alice enjoyed a religious life that spanned 65 years as a teacher, educator, administrator and librarian.

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  • Sister Mary Lizette Bathe

    Age 101

    South Central

    Saturday, December 12, 2020

    Sister Mary Lizette Bathe entered the Sisters of Mercy on September 8, 1950, and professed her perpetual vows on August 16, 1956. Her ring motto was “Nothing Goes Before God.”

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