Sister Kathleen Duncan, CSJ
Sister Kathleen Duncan, CSJ (Sister Kathleen Paul), 78, died Monday, October 31, 2016, at Wilson Health Center, Johnson City, NY. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 59 years.
Sister Kathleen, the former Dorothy Ellen Duncan, was born May 26, 1938 in Binghamton, daughter of the late Ralph and Kathleen Curry Duncan. After graduating from St. Patrick’s Academy, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 19, 1957 and professed final vows on August 6, 1964. Sister Kathleen received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology, both from The College of Saint Rose. For sixteen years, she served as teacher and principal in schools in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses and was superintendent of Catholic schools in Broome County for seven years. In addition, she was a speech therapist at both Carondelet Educational Center in Latham, NY, and Tioga Central School in Tioga, NY. Sister Kathleen served the Sisters of St. Joseph as regional director and director of development. In August 1997, she co-founded Samaritan House in Binghamton where she served as director for eleven years.
Sister Kathleen’s family was dear to her heart. She delighted in travel with her sisters, Mary and Kay, and she loved political and cultural discussions with her brothers, Dan and David. Throughout her life, she was a faithful friend who relished trips to Weston Priory, mini-vacations and the joy of simple conversations and visits. Loving family member, good friend, generous giver of gifts, Sister Kathleen will be dearly missed.