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 Marian Cumiskey

    Age 91

    Mid-Atlantic

    Monday, October 19, 2020

    Sister Marian’s motto, “Where there is love, there is peace,” inspired her ministry as an educator.

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  • Sister Josephine Marie Gonzales

    Age 75

    West Midwest

    Monday, October 12, 2020

    Sister Josie grew up in Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Bakersfield, California, where she came to know the Sisters of Mercy.

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  • Sister Mary Laurene Favre

    Age 104

    South Central

    Sunday, October 11, 2020

    Sister Mary Laurene was born in Conway, Arkansas, and entered the Mercy Community in Webster Groves, Missouri, on September 8, 1933.

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  • Sister Mary Noel Frey

    Age 83

    South Central

    Sunday, October 11, 2020

    Sister Mary Noel entered the Sisters of Mercy of Cincinnati in 1954, a few months after graduating from Union Building High School in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

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  • Sister Mary Monica Hoefer

    Age 87

    West Midwest

    Friday, October 9, 2020

    Sister Mary Monica entered the Sisters of Mercy in Detroit in September 1952, joining her older sister, Anna Jane, who came four years earlier and was now known as Sister Mary Gabrielle.

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  • Sister Carol Ann Votruba

    Age 80

    West Midwest

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

    Sister Carol Ann earned her nursing diploma from Mercy Central School of Nursing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and enjoyed her professional career but was also attracted to religious life, entering the community in 1970.

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  • Sister Mary Katherine Murphy

    Age 90

    West Midwest

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

    Sister Katherine (previously Sister Mary Brendan) grew up with a firm foundation in her Irish Catholic faith.

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  • Sister Lucy Pennoni

    Age 87

    Mid-Atlantic

    Friday, October 2, 2020

    Sister Lucy will long be remembered for her quiet and thoughtful manner.

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  • Sister Mary Caritas Quinn

    Age 92

    New York, Pennsylvania West

    Friday, September 18, 2020

    Sister Mary Caritas served as a missionary in the Philippines from 1964 to 1980, teaching in two elementary schools and serving as principal and business college director at Mercy High School in Iligan City.

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  • Sister Rosellen Li

    Age 80

    Mid-Atlantic

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

    Born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Sister Rosellen moved with her parents and six brothers and sisters to Guyana, South America, when she was in elementary school.

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