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 Clare Smith

    Age 93

    New York, Pennsylvania West

    Monday, November 9, 2020

    The former Sister M. Callistus was a Sister of Mercy for 71 years who taught French, Spanish,and Latin at various area Catholic schools in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area.

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  • Sister Mary Timothea Riley

    Age 90

    Northeast

    Thursday, November 5, 2020

    Sister Timothea entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1949. Her teaching ministry spanned several decades, all in the greater southeastern Massachusetts area.

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  • Sister Mary Miguel Gassmann

    Age 100

    West Midwest

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Sister Miguel was born in Valley City, North Dakota, and recalled seeing a Sister of Mercy dressed in white when she was in the third grade.

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  • Sister Barbara Moran

    Age 88

    West Midwest

    Monday, November 2, 2020

    Sister Barbara entered the Burlingame Community in 1950, professed vows in 1953 and was given the religious name Sister Mary Christine.

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  • Sister Joanne Mary Braeunig

    Age 89

    South Central

    Saturday, October 31, 2020

    Sister Joanne Mary Braeunig was born in Sandusky, Ohio, on St. Patrick’s Day in 1931. Her early ministry was teaching elementary school in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  • Sister Maria Elena Gonzalez

    Age 79

    South Central

    Saturday, October 31, 2020

    Sister Maria Elena Gonzalez was born in Amarillo, Texas. A Sister of Mercy for 61 years, she entered the Community in Frontenac, Missouri.

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  • Sister Mary Sharon Ekler

    Age 88

    West Midwest

    Saturday, October 31, 2020

    Sister Mary Sharon came to know the Sisters of Mercy at a young age. When she was just 14, her eldest sister (Sister Mary del Rey) joined the religious community.

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  • 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 Patricia Brewer

    Age 93

    Northeast

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

    Sister Pat taught at Saint Joseph Cathedral High School and South Catholic High School.

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  • Sister Virginia Gloria Sposito

    Age 75

    Northeast

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

    Sister Gini entered the Franciscan Missionaries of St. Joseph [Mill Hill] in September 1963. She taught in a girls’ school in Nyabururu, Kenya, after which she returned to Albany, New York.

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