Sister Vera Walsh, CSJ
Sister Vera Walsh, CSJ (Sister Mary Cyril), 92, died Saturday, October 7, 2006, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Sister Vera had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 72 years.
Sister Vera was born Veronica Mary Walsh on August 14, 1914, in Glens Falls, NY, daughter of the late James and Jennie Penders Walsh. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Glens Falls and entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1934. Sister Vera received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both in elementary education, from The College of Saint Rose and graduate certification in theology from ChaminadeCollege in Honolulu, HI. For nearly 50 years, Sister Vera taught elementary grades in schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses and in Maui and Honolulu, HI. In addition, she spent nearly 14 years as receptionist and in-service worker at RockhavenRetreatCenter in House Springs, MO.
A skilled elementary teacher, Sister Vera was known not only for her technique and presentation but also for her remarkable connective capacity with children. Her long-time interest in environmental conservation and her great love of nature were best exemplified in the creative ways she found to pass this love to her students and by her delight in strolling through the woods at Rockhaven. Her commitment to global peace and justice issues was expressed through numerous letters to elected officials.
Sister Vera is survived by several nieces and nephews and their families and by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She was predeceased by her brothers, James, John (Mortimer) and William, and by her sisters, Lillian, Frances, Sister Theodora, Helen and Joan, and by many beloved friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Vera’s funeral Liturgy was held Wednesday, October 11, from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of VirginsCemetery on the Provincial House grounds.
Contributions in Sister Vera’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY12110.