Obituaries

Obituaries for Oct. 11, 2014

Sister Eileen Gildea, C.S.J., a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, L.I., for 60 years, died Sept. 18 in Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood.

Sister Eileen Gildea, C.S.J.She entered the congregation in 1954 from the parish of Nativity of the Blessed Lord, Bedford-Stuyvesant. She attended St. Joseph’s College, Clinton Hill, and did her master’s studies at Brooklyn College, Midwood. She earned her certification in administration and supervision at St. John’s University, Jamaica, and at Fordham University.

Formerly Sister Mary Elias, she taught at St. Malachy, East New York, 1956-59; St. Joseph, Prospect Heights, 1959-61; Immaculate Conception, Jamaica, 1961-68; St. Robert Bellarmine, Bayside, 1968-69; and St. Joseph Commercial H.S., Downtown Brooklyn, 1969-76.

In 1976, she was named principal of Holy Cross School, Flatbush, where she remained until 1988 when she became assistant principal at The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica Estates. She retired in 2010.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Sacred Heart Chapel, Brentwood, Sept. 22.

Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.

 

Sister Elizabeth Gilhooley, C.S.J., a member of the congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, L.I., for 70 years, died Sept. 26 in Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood.

Sister Elizabeth Marie Lynch, C.S.J.She entered the congregation in 1945 from Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, Sunset Park. She earned a bachelor’s in business administration from St. John’s University, Jamaica, and a master’s in education/business from Hunter College, Manhattan.

Formerly Sister Regina Pacis, she taught at Blessed Sacrament in Cypress Hills, 1947-50; Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Williamsburg, 1950-52; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Windsor Terrace, 1952-53; Queen of Peace, Kew Gardens, 1953-58; St. Mary Star of the Sea, Far Rockaway, 1958-60; St. Joseph Commercial H.S., Downtown Brooklyn, 1960-63 and 1966-67; and Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce, 1963-66 and 1967-68.

She served as a counselor at the Religious Consultation Center, Brooklyn, 1968-69, and at South Oaks Hospital, Amityville, L.I., 1974-76.

She also served at Our Lady of Grace, West Babylon, L.I., 1978-98.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Oct. 2 in Maria Regina Chapel, Brentwood. Interment followed in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.

 

Sister Elizabeth Marie Lynch, C.S.J., a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, L.I., for 60 years, died Sept. 29 in Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood.

Sister Elizabeth MarieShe entered the congregation in 1955 from Mary’s Nativity parish, Flushing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Brentwood College followed by certification in administration/supervision in 1976.

She taught at St. Brendan, Midwood, 1958-66; Holy Family, Flushing, 1966-69, and St. Benedict Joseph Labre, Richmond Hill, 1969-70.

She served as principal at Blessed Sacrament, Valley Stream, L.I., 1970-77, and Holy Name of Mary in Valley Stream, 1977-2007. After her retirement in 2007, the street adjacent to the parish school was named “Sister Elizabeth Marie Lynch Way.”

A Mass of Christian Burial was held in Maria Regina Chapel, Brentwood, Oct. 4.

Interment followed in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Brooklyn-born Father James A. Thompson, a priest of the Diocese of Trenton, N.J., for 70 years, at St. John’s Church, Lakehurst, N.J., on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Interment followed at Resurrection Cemetery, Piscataway, N.J.

Father ThompsonFather Thompson, 95, of Ocean Grove, N.J., died Friday, Oct. 3, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, N.J.

Born in Brooklyn, he graduated from St. Michael’s Academy, Sunset Park, and St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, before completing his studies for the priesthood at Our Lady of Angels Seminary at Niagara University, N.Y.

He was ordained a priest by Bishop William A. Griffin on June 3, 1944, at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

He served on the parish level for 45 years until retiring in 1989.

In recent years, he served as chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, Council No. 9134, Ocean County Sierra Club and Emmaus House in Ocean Grove.

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