Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletOctober 21, 2020

In Remembrance

Sister Johanne McCarthy (Sister Agnes Marina)


Sister Johanne McCarthy, CSJ (Sister Agnes Marina), 83, died Tuesday, November 12 at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, NY. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 64 years.

Sister Johanne was born in Syracuse, NY, on September 6, 1936, daughter of the late Joseph and Alice Foreman McCarthy. After graduating from St. Anthony’s High School, Sister Johanne entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy on March 19, 1955 and professed final vows on August 6, 1962. She received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from The College of Saint Rose.

For 35 years, Sister Johanne served as teacher, principal and business manager in schools of the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. She also worked for several years in parishes in both dioceses as pastoral associate and parish life director. In addition, Sister Johanne was administrator of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, for ten years.

Sister Johanne was a strong woman of faith and action, with a tender heart for God’s people, a strong love of family and friends, and a conviction that life is a gift, meant to be lived with purpose, meaning and passion . Whether teaching a young person, conducting a faculty meeting, administering a parish or enjoying loved ones, Sister Johanne had a special talent for spreading hope, kindness, compassion and warmth. She faced difficult times with tenacity, grace and spunk, and she celebrated joyful moments with exuberance and delight. When she envisioned changes in society, community and Church, she was always willing to engage in dialogue and discernment. In all her endeavors, Sister Johanne embodied the call of the Sisters of St. Joseph to bring unity, reconciliation and peace to God’s people, and the world is a better and happier place because she was here.

Sister Johanne is survived by her beloved sisters: Agnes (Joe) Smithling, Martha (Paul) Valenti and Maureen (Bob) Pesek; by several nieces and nephews and their families, with special mention of her nephew, Mark Pesek, and her grandniece, Jennifer (Dominick) Rizzo and their children, Joseph, Alexander and Lucas, whose frequent visits brought Sister Johanne great joy; her dear friends, Sister Joan Killoran and Mary Jo Coleman; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Sister Johanne’s wake was held in the chapel of St. Joseph's Provincial House, Latham, on Monday, November 18. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the chapel of the Provincial House on Tuesday, November 19. Donations in Sister Johanne’s memory may be made to the Development Office, Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, NY, 12110.