Sister Mary Luddy, CSJ (Sister Mary Ailbe)
Sister Mary Luddy, CSJ, (Sister Marie Ailbe), age 90, died Wednesday, October 6, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 69 years.
Sister Mary was born in Utica, NY, on March 6, 1920, daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Kiley Luddy. She graduated from St. Francis de Sales High School and attended the Excelsior Business School in Utica. Sister Mary entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 19, 1941, and professed final vows on August 15, 1946. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in history, both from The College of Saint Rose. For nearly 50 years, Sister Mary served in schools in Troy, Syracuse, Wynantskill, Rome, Schenectady and Hoosick Falls where she served for 16 years. In addition, she was a catechetical teacher in Oswego and Norwich, NY. For the last years of Sister Mary’s ministry, she served as a health-unit secretary in the infirmary of St. Joseph’s Provincial House.
Sister Mary was a humble woman with a generous spirit and a loving heart. A gifted and diligent teacher, she cared deeply about her students and encouraged them in all aspects of their education. A model of simplicity and graciousness, Sister Mary lived life with profound integrity of mind, heart and soul. Her legacy and her memory will go on through the many lives she has touched with her simple beauty and unwavering faith.
Sister Mary is survived by her beloved brother, Thomas Luddy, of Springfield, VA; several nieces and nephews and their families; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, Sister Mary was predeceased by her brother, John Luddy; by her sisters, Alyce and Margaret Luddy and Kathleen Benson; and by many dear friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Mary’s funeral Liturgy was held on Tuesday, October 12, 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 Mary’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.