Sister Marie Anthony Sullivan, CSJ
Sister Marie Anthony Sullivan, CSJ, 85, died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 64 years.
Sister Marie Anthony, the former Helen Marie Sullivan, was born in Brooklyn on September 30, 1923, the oldest daughter of the late Anthony and Helen Lancer Sullivan. She was raised in Rome, NY, and graduated from St. Aloysius Academy. On March 19, 1945, Sister Marie entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy, NY, and professed final vows on August 15, 1950. She received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from The College of Saint Rose, and a master’s degree in library science from SUNY at Albany. Sister Marie taught in elementary schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses for 32 years. In addition, she served for twelve years at St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing, Amsterdam, as librarian and instructor. When she moved to St. Joseph’s Provincial House in 1993, Sister Marie volunteered her expertise as librarian.
A soft-spoken, refined woman, Sister Marie Anthony was strong and loyal in her love of her family and her religious community. She was diligent in her ministry, faithful in her prayer and steadfast in her personal relationships. As her physical strength declined, her spirit demonstrated great patience and inner strength. Sister Marie enjoyed life and welcomed its surprises with gratitude and its setbacks with determination.
Sister Marie Anthony is survived by four beloved sisters: Marie Main of Skaneateles; Catherine Sullivan of Willsboro; Gertrude Sullivan of Albany; and Rita Cox of Albany; seven nephews; one niece; two grandnephews; one grandniece; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She was predeceased by her parents and by many dear friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Marie Anthony’s funeral Liturgy was held at Friday, June 5, from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds. Contributions in Sister Marie’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.