Sister John Marion Looby, CSJ
Sister John Marion Looby, CSJ, 88, died Saturday, November 7, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 65 years.
Sister John Marion, the former Isabelle Louise Looby, was born on October 21, 1927, in Troy, NY, daughter of the late John and Isabelle Geagon Looby. She graduated from Catholic Central High School, attended Mildred Elly Business School and worked for the New York State Retirement System. On August 15, 1950, Sister John entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and professed final vows on August 15, 1957. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in education, both from The College of Saint Rose. For 46 years, Sister John taught Grades 2 and 3 and catechetics in schools and parishes of the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses, including 17 years at Sacred Heart School, Troy. When Sister John retired from the ministry of education, she volunteered as a driver and in the Hospitality Center at St. Joseph’s Provincial House.
Sister John Marion was a humble, kind woman whose devotion to her faith, her family and her religious community gave direction and focus to her life. A dedicated elementary teacher, she felt particularly privileged to prepare children to receive their First Communion. Sister John enjoyed vacations at the ocean, conversations with friends and visits with loved ones, especially her devoted sister-in-law, Nancy. Sister John Marion’s life was marked by a welcoming, generous spirit and a sincere concern for others, and she will be dearly missed.
Sister John Marion is survived by her sisters-in-law, Nancy Looby and Pauline Moore; her nieces and nephews; Stephanie, Brian, Sarah, James, Joseph, Beth, Jack, Peter and Bill, and their families; her cousin, Victor Zwolak; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Looby; and by her brothers, William, James and Robert Looby.
Sister John Marion’s Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, November 10, from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Contributions in Sister John’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.