Sister Mary Jude Waters, CSJ
Sister Mary Jude Waters, CSJ, 88, died Wednesday, October 31, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Sister Mary Jude had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 61years.
The former Ann Marie Waters was born February 10, 1918, in Troy, daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Carroll Waters. After graduating from CatholicCentralHigh School, Sister Mary Jude took evening classes at SienaCollege and worked as a commercial representative for New York Telephone Company for eight years. In 1945, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Sister Mary Jude received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both in elementary education, from The College of Saint Rose. Throughout her religious life, she taught elementary grades and served as librarian in schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses.
Sister Mary Jude was devoted to her family and her students. She was a teacher who enjoyed her work and encouraged her students to be motivated and creative. She was able to achieve effectively the delicate balance between helping her students reach their academic goals and making them feel understood and appreciated. She was a faithful sister who spent a good deal of time in her retirement years visiting her aging siblings.
Sister Mary Jude is survived by her beloved sister, Sister Eloise Waters, CSJ, 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 five sisters: Catherine, Josephine and Marie Waters, Marjorie Delaney and Rose Mary O’Brien, and by many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Mary Jude’s funeral Liturgy was held Friday, November 3, from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment will be in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds.
Contributions in Sister Mary Jude’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY12110.