Sister Mary Regina, R.G.S., (Janice Genevieve Ahearn), a Good Shepherd Sister for 74 years, died April 8 at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, Mass., after a long illness. She was 97.
Born in Brooklyn, she attended St. Joseph’s College for Women, Brooklyn. She entered the Good Shepherd Novitiate in Peekskill, N.Y., in 1942.
After serving as a math teacher at the Good Shepherd Residential Treatment Center in Peekskill, she was professed and missioned to Brooklyn, N.Y., and subsequently received a master’s degree in library science from St. John’s University, Jamaica, N.Y., and a master’s degree as a reading specialist from Manhattan College.
She served as a teacher and librarian in Brooklyn.
Sister Regina later returned to Peekskill and continued as a teacher and librarian in the Good Shepherd House of Studies working with young sisters in the Sisters’ Formation program. She also served in the Good Shepherd educational and job-training programs in Hartford, Conn.; Manhattan and Madonna Heights, Dix Hills, L.I.
She became actively involved in congregational service at Madonna Heights Services until she was missioned to Good Shepherd Center in Marlborough and later, due to ill health, went to St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham.
Burial was at Mt. Benedict Cemetery in West Roxbury, Mass.