Sister Joan Schermerhorn, CSJ (Sister Amanda)
Sister Joan (Sister Amanda) Schermerhorn, CSJ, 91, died Saturday, August 21, 2010 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Troy. Sister Joan had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 72 years.
Born in Troy, NY, on June 8, 1919, Sister Joan was the daughter of the late Charles and Amanda Treanor Schermerhorn. After graduating from Catholic Central High School in 1937, Sister Joan entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 19, 1938, and professed final vows on August 15, 1943. She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in education, both from The College of Saint Rose and pursued post-graduate studies at Catholic University and Colgate University. For 50 years, Sister Joan taught in schools in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses, most recently at Rome (NY) Catholic High School and Notre Dame High School in Utica.
Sister Joan was a woman of principle, strong in her faith and staunch in her convictions. During her years as a Sister of St. Joseph, she was a dedicated teacher of mathematics who challenged students to combine high academic achievement with moral certitude. Sister Joan’s life was marked by a diligent commitment to prayer, especially prayer for the Church and for a deeper reverence for life. She leaves a legacy of exceptional integrity and an unfettered willingness to speak out on matters of importance.
Sister Joan is survived by her beloved sister, Catherine Roberts of Hermon, NY; by her nieces, Margaret (Meg) Roberts of Albany, and Aimee Douglass of Hermon; by her grandniece, Anna Belle Campanella; by her grandnephews, Lloyd, Zebulon and Asa Douglass, and Trevor and Cody Belus; and by the Sisters of St. Joseph. In addition to her parents, Sister Joan was predeceased by her brother, Charles Schermerhorn; her sister, Sister Amanda Schermerhorn, RSM; and by many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Joan’s funeral Liturgy was held on Tuesday, August 24, 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 Joan’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.