Sister Eloise Waters, CSJ
Sister Eloise Waters, CSJ, 86, died Sunday, December 24, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Sister Eloise had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 67 years.
The former Elinor Patricia Waters was born in Troy on December 27, 1919, daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Carroll Waters. After graduating from CatholicCentralHigh School, Sister Eloise entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1939. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in speech and hearing, both from The College of Saint Rose. Throughout her religious life, Sister Eloise taught elementary grades in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. For 13 years she taught in the Communications Disorders Department at The College of Saint Rose.
A woman of unyielding integrity, Sister Eloise was devoted to her family and her friends. She was a gifted and creative junior-high teacher who was awarded a key to the City of Utica “for her ability to encourage students to reach for the stars and make a positive difference in the world.” At The College of Saint Rose, Sister Eloise shone as a housemother and endeared herself to the residents of Immaculata/Carey Hall through her warmth, thoughtfulness and sense of humor. She was a treasured friend who reached out to many with compassion, kindness and concern.
Sister Eloise is survived by her brother-in-law, Thomas J. Delaney; several nieces and nephews and their families; and the Sisters of St. Joseph. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three brothers: Frank, Joseph and Lawrence Waters; by six sisters: Catherine, Josephine, Ann (Sister Mary Jude) and Marie Waters, Marjorie Delaney and Rose Mary O’Brien; and by many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Eloise’s funeral Liturgy was held Thursday, December 28 from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was next to her sister, Sister Mary Jude, in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds.
Contributions in Sister Eloise’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY12110.