Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletApril 10, 2021

In Remembrance

Sister Ellen John Emmons, CSJ

Sister Ellen John Emmons, CSJ, 83, died Saturday, November 17, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, NY. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 62 years.

 Sister Ellen, John, the former Anne Jeanette Emmons, was born March 21, 1924, in Binghamton, NY, daughter of the late Ralph and Ellen O’Brien Emmons. After graduating from Binghamton Central High School in 1943, Sister Ellen attended Binghamton Business Institute and worked in her father’s law firm. She entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1945 and professed final vows in 1950. Sister Ellen received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in reading, both from The College of Saint Rose. For over 30 years, she taught in elementary schools in Utica, Hudson, Watervliet, Troy, Syracuse and Johnson City. In 1978, Sister Ellen began a new role in parish ministry and served in St. Bartholomew’s Parish, Norwich; Blessed Sacrament Parish, Syracuse; and St. Peter’s Parish, Rome.


Sister Ellen John was a woman of deep faith and integrity. In her ministry in education and in parishes, she was capable, responsible and hard-working, focusing her attention on faith building, character development and moral growth. She had creative talents in sewing and music and taught family members, students and parishioners the joy of singing to praise God. A conscientious and diligent Sister of St. Joseph, Sister Ellen leaves us a legacy of loving service.


Sister Ellen John is survived by her brothers, M. Frederick and Paul Emmons; her sister, Mary McElheron; several nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She was predeceased by her brothers, Ralph, Jr. and J. Franklin Emmons, and by many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.


Sister Ellen John’s funeral Liturgy was celebrated by her nephew, Rev. J. Daniel McElheron, on Tuesday, November 20, 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 Ellen’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.