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 Elizabeth (Betty) Burns

    Age 96

    West Midwest

    Monday, June 21, 2021

    A teacher, assistant principal, principal/superior, registrar and a Sister of Mercy for 76 years, Sister Betty attended Catholic schools in Chicago, Illinois, graduating from Mercy High School/St. Patrick Academy in 1943.

    Read More About Sister Elizabeth (Betty) Burns »
  • Sister Mary Loretta Dowd

    Age 97

    West Midwest

    Monday, June 21, 2021

    Educated in Ireland’s National School and at the Presentation’s secondary school, Sister Mary Loretta had a keen sense of the practical.

    Read More About Sister Mary Loretta Dowd »
  • Sister Mary Amelie Hawxhurst

    Age 91

    South Central

    Friday, June 11, 2021

    Born in Evanston, Illinois, Sister Mary Amelie entered the community in Webster Groves, Missouri, in 1948.

    Read More About Sister Mary Amelie Hawxhurst »
  • Sister Mary Priscilla Faltisko

    Age 94

    New York, Pennsylvania West

    Saturday, June 5, 2021

    Sister Mary Priscilla Faltisko was an educator and administrator, and she served as a Community councilor and in pastoral care, all in the Buffalo, New York area.

    Read More About Sister Mary Priscilla Faltisko »
  • Sister Dorothy Ann Kline

    Age 83

    Mid-Atlantic

    Sunday, May 30, 2021

    Sister Dorothy entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1956 after graduating from St. Ann High School in Freeland, Pennsylvania.

    Read More About Sister Dorothy Ann Kline »
  • Sister Anne O’Donnell

    Age 86

    South Central

    Friday, May 28, 2021

    Born in Washington, D.C., Sister Anne O’Donnell was the daughter of Irish immigrants, and her Irish heritage was always important to her.

    Read More About Sister Anne O’Donnell »
  • Sister Mary Lisa Staudacher

    Age 94

    West Midwest

    Thursday, May 27, 2021

    Sister Lisa grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating from St. Joseph High School then working at Union Pacific Railroad Headquarters.

    Read More About Sister Mary Lisa Staudacher »
  • Sister Marguerite Buchanan

    Age 88

    West Midwest

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    Sister Marguerite graduated from Holy Names High School in Oakland, California, then enrolled at St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in San Francisco. It was there that she met the Sisters of Mercy.

    Read More About Sister Marguerite Buchanan »
  • Sister Miriam de Lourdes Hunter

    Age 88

    Mid-Atlantic

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021

    Sister Miriam de Lourdes began her ministry in elementary education, teaching primary through middle school. She served as principal at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before moving to teach high school.

    Read More About Sister Miriam de Lourdes Hunter »
  • Sister Carol Estelle Wheeler

    Age 84

    South Central

    Saturday, May 15, 2021

    Sister Carol Estelle Wheeler (formerly Sister Mary Seraphia) was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, where she was taught by Sisters of Mercy.

    Read More About Sister Carol Estelle Wheeler »