Obituaries published May 17

OBIT_SrMMacDonaldSCSister Margaret MacDonald, S.C., 87, a Sister of Charity, Halifax, for 62 years, died April 29 at Caritas Residence in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Formerly known as Sister Ann Christine, she taught third grade and music classes at St. Sebastian School, Woodside, 1952-53.

She also ministered in Nova Scotia and Bani, Dominican Republic, until her retirement in 2008.

Burial followed in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.


OBIT_SrAMcHughSCSister Ann McHugh, S.C., a Sister of Charity, Halifax, for 80 years, died April 27 at Mount St. Vincent, Wellesley Hills, Mass. She was 100.

Formerly Sister Frances Raphael, she taught fifth grade at Our Lady of Angels School, Bay Ridge, 1960-72; sixth grade at St. Paul School, Cobble Hill, 1972-73; and served as a volunteer in Seton Outreach and plant manager of Resurrection-Ascension Convent, Rego Park, 1974-96. She also worked as a house parent at the New York State Hostel, Brooklyn.

She additionally ministered in Our Lady of Good Counsel, Staten Island, Massachusetts and Quebec before retiring in 1986.

Burial was in St Mary’s Cemetery, Needham, Mass.


OBIT_SMDunleavyCSJSister Mary Dunleavy, C.S.J., a Sister of St. Joseph, Brentwood, L.I., for 57 years, and a founding member of the Josephite Sisters’ Providence House ministry, died April 16.

She entered the congregation from Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Sunset Park.

She attended Brentwood College; Manhattan College, Manhattan; and Fordham University School of Social Work, Manhattan. She also earned certification in addiction counseling from New York University.

Formerly known as Sister Mary Alexius, she taught at St. Martin of Tours, Bushwick, 1960-61; St. Teresa of Avila, South Ozone Park, 1962-67; and Bishop McDonnell H.S., Crown Heights, 1967-70.

Her ministry in social services began in St. John’s Home, Rockaway Park, 1970-84, and continued at Catholic Charities of Glendale, 1984-85.

In 1979, she was one of four Sisters of St. Joseph who founded Providence House, where she spent over half of her life living and ministering to abused and formerly incarcerated women and their children.

She was a member of Providence House’s board of directors for many years and advocated for the development of permanent supportive housing, which came to fruition with the opening of D’Addario Residence last summer.

She also served as vocation director for the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, 1984-89, and a counselor at the Religious Consultation Center, Brooklyn/Bayside, 1985-89.

She worked with the U.S. Catholic Conference Refugee Service, N.Y., 1989-92; the Department of Corrections, Rikers Island, 1992; St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Staten Island, 1992-2007; and Silverstein Center, Staten Island, 2007-08, before retiring in 2008.

Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.


OBIT_SrMEllsworthSCSister Margaret Ellsworth, S.C., a Sister of Charity, Halifax, Nova Scotia, for 72 years, died April 26 at Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. She was 92.

Formerly known as Sister Agnes Margaret, she taught second grade at Resur-rection-Ascension School, Rego Park, 1944-1945; and taught fourth and fifth grades at Our Lady of the Cenacle School, Richmond Hill, 1953-60.

She also ministered in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia before retiring in 1993.

Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.


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