Sister Georgine Adele Lawrenson, CSJ
Sister Georgine Adele Lawrenson, CSJ, 77, died on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, NY. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 57 years.
Sister Georgine, the former Ruth Ann Lawrenson, was born in Troy, NY, on November 25, 1936, daughter of the late George and Adelaide Leonard Lawrenson. Raised in Green Island, she graduated from Catholic Central High School, Troy, NY. On March 19, 1956, Sister Georgine entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy, NY, and professed final vows on August 6, 1963. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The College of Saint Rose. Sister Georgine taught for 30 years in schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses, including: St. Lucy’s School, Syracuse; St. Francis de Sales School, Utica; St. Peter’s School, Saratoga Springs; St. Brigid’s School, Watervliet; St. Ann’s School, Albany; and Cathedral Academy, Albany, where she taught for 19 years. In addition, Sister Georgine volunteered at St. Patrick’s School, Troy, for 12 years and at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. In 2010, she moved to St. Joseph’s Provincial House after living in Cathedral Convent, Albany, for 36 years.
Sister Georgine was determined, straightforward and loyal. A loving and attentive aunt and sister, she took great joy in caring for her niece and nephew. Capable and precise, Sister Georgine was an excellent teacher of math. She was an avid sports enthusiast, with a special penchant for horse racing, the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Sister Georgine enjoyed nothing better than a good card game, a subtle joke and a warm, sunny day. Devoted to the Blessed Mother, she found great comfort and peace in praying the rosary. Suffering from considerable chronic pain during her life, Sister Georgine tried to meet the challenges of daily living with courage and perseverance. She leaves behind a legacy of facing struggles with persistence and pain with tenacity.
Sister Georgine Adele is survived by her beloved sister, Shirley Gully of Green Island; a niece, Maria Maloney, and her children, Kevin and Molly; a nephew, Michael (Patience) Gully; cousins Arlene Bestle and Anne Devine; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, with special mention of her cherished friend, Sister Marilyn Donnelly. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Georgine’s funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Tuesday, December 3, at 10:30 a.m. 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 Georgine’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.