Sister Marie Bryon Tansey, CSJ
Sister Marie Bryon Tansey, CSJ, 82, died Friday, September 18, 2009, at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany. Sister Marie Bryon had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 56 years.
Sister Marie Bryon, the former Margaret Elizabeth Tansey, was born in Albany, NY, on March 23, 1927, daughter of the late Bernard and Margaret Walsh Tansey. After graduating from Cathedral Academy in 1945, Sister Marie enrolled in The College of Saint Rose and received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1949. From 1949 to 1952, she worked for the New York State Department of Health. On March 19, 1953, Sister Marie was received into the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and professed final vows on August 15, 1960. Continuing her education, Sister Marie received a master’s degree in biology from The College of Saint Rose. After completing a program in medical technology from Albany Medical Center, she received NYS certification as a clinical medical technologist and membership in the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. During her first five years of religious life, Sister Marie taught in schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. In 1960, she began a 40-year career at St. Mary’ Hospital in Amsterdam where she served both as a laboratory technician and in supervisory positions in the laboratory.
As a healthcare professional, Sister Marie Bryon was gifted with a keen intellect and effective interpersonal skills, leading with enthusiasm, optimism, care and commitment. Always interested in technology, she was in the forefront of introducing new techniques to assure optimal patient care. As a Sister of St. Joseph and friend, she was blessed with a gentle, unassuming faith, an infinitely engaging personality, a wonderful sense of humor and a profound wisdom. Sister Marie Bryon brought joy wherever she went, and she will be deeply missed.
Sister Marie Bryon is survived by her brother, John Tansey; by her niece, Mary Fitzgerald Hoyt; by her nephews: Bernard Fitzgerald and Brian Tansey; by her cousin, Ann Hoffman; by many extended family members in the U.S. and Ireland; and by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, with special mention of her beloved friend, Sister Christine Michael LaFrance. In addition to her parents, Sister Marie was predeceased by four brothers: Bernard, Francis, Michael and Arthur Tansey; by two sisters: Louise Tansey and Fredericka Fitzgerald; by her nephew, John Fitzgerald; and by many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Marie Bryon’s funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, September 23, in 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 Bryon’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.