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 Therese Martin Fetch

    Age 83

    New York, Pennsylvania West

    Thursday, January 28, 2021

    Sister Therese taught students in Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for several of her 65 years as a Sister of Mercy.

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  • Sister Mary Ludmilla Benda

    Age 94

    West Midwest

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021

    Sister Ludmilla grew up on a farm in Toledo, Iowa, and acquired her nursing degree before entering the Mercy Community in 1947. Later, she received her B.S. and then her M.B.A. in healthcare administration.

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  • Sister Mary Josepha Timmins

    Age 95

    New York, Pennsylvania West

    Saturday, January 23, 2021

    Sister Mary Josepha Timmins spent most of her 77 years as a Sister of Mercy educating students in Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Buffalo, New York.

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  • Sister Mary Thomasetta Mogan

    Age 90

    South Central

    Thursday, January 21, 2021

    Sister Mary Thomasetta grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and attended Cathedral School and St. Bernard Academy, where she was taught by Sisters of Mercy. She entered the Community in 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  • Sister Elaine Franz

    Age 78

    New York, Pennsylvania West

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021

    Sister Elaine, formerly Sister M. Sharon Ann, was an educator, administrator and volunteer during her 60 years as a Sister of Mercy.

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  • 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


    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


    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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