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In Memoriam: Sister Marie Daly, SC

Sister has not only been a guide here, she’s been a leader, a mother to the children, and a friend.

SrMarieDalySister Marie Daly (Sister Mary Placida) was born on October 3, 1927 in Manhattan, one of two children of Patrick and Julia Griffin Daly. Marie attended Corpus Christi School and Cathedral High School, both in Manhattan, before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on February 2, 1946. Sister Marie received a BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MA in Education and Curriculum from Fordham University. She later earned New York State Permanent Certification in English and Administration.

Sister Marie’s active ministry was entirely in the field of elementary education. From 1947 until 1969, she taught in the following elementary schools: Saint Raymond, Bronx; Saint Joseph, and Saint Ignatius Loyola, Manhattan; Saint Gabriel, New Rochelle; and Saint Gabriel, Bronx. In 1969 Sister Marie was appointed principal of Saint John Evangelist School, in White Plains, and served there until her retirement in 1994. Known for her readiness to help working parents, Sister Marie developed a full-day kindergarten in 1985, one of the first in White Plains, as well an after-school program, of which she was very proud. Upon her retirement, her secretary was quoted as saying, “I always tease her and ask her which hat she is wearing today. She does so many different things —principal, teacher, nurse, family counselor, friend….I can’t imagine the school without her.” One of the teachers commented that, "Sister has not only been a guide here, she’s been a leader, a mother to the children, and a friend….She is the most professional person I have met in a long time.” After retirement Sister Marie continued volunteering in the parish for many years. In 2008, she went to the Convent of Mary the Queen where she enjoyed the company of her sisters and the special liturgies, prayer and celebrations that were part of their life together.

Sister Marie Daly was an educator and administrator par excellence. She was also a kind, compassionate, understanding and loving person. She knew how to cultivate the gifts and talents of those around her and help them achieve their full potential. She was a blessing to all those with whom she lived and worked. We rejoice with her now as she enters into the joy of her eternal reward and is greeted by the voice of our loving God, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Be at peace, Sister Marie.

 

DATE OF DEATH
December 3, 2014

WAKE
Convent of Mary the Queen
35 Vark Street, Yonkers, NY 10701
Monday, December 8, 2014, 2:00–8:00 pm
Prayer Service 6:30 pm

FUNERAL MASS
Convent of Mary the Queen
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
10:00 am

BURIAL
Saint Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY

 

 

Ministries

  • St. Raymond
    1947–1954, Teacher, Gr. 1, 4
  • St. Gabriel
    1967–1969, Teacher, Gr. 6, 7

 

  • St. Joseph
    1954–1955, Teacher, Gr. 6
  • St. Ignatius Loyola
    1955–1960, Teacher, Gr. 6

  • St. Gabriel, New Rochelle
    1960–1967, Teacher, Gr. 6, 7
  • St. John the Evangelist, White Plains
    1969–1994, Principal

3 Responses to In Memoriam: Sister Marie Daly, SC

  1. penelope ann carter December 5, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    My dear, dear, dear, dear Sister Placida ………………. My daughters and I loved her more than words could say. She loved Chanel body powder, Haagan Das ice cream and cashmere sweaters. She was my hero through life. Gentle. Strong. Funny. Cut from the same cloth as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. I will miss her for the rest of my life. xo

  2. Denise Costa December 15, 2014 at 12:11 am #

    Very sad to hear of Sr. Marie’s passing. I attended St. John the Evangelist while she was principal. The school was not the same after her retirement. She was the heart of the school. She was an amazing principal. All the children and teachers loved her. She knew every child’s name and treated everyone with kindness. May she rest in peace.

  3. Patricia Kiernan Cullie February 9, 2015 at 10:00 am #

    Our beautiful Sister Placida, 6th grade girls at St. Ignatius Loyola/Manhattan. When we would ask her *real* name, she would always tell us “Susan Oshkosh”. We all loved her, she was so gentle and caring – I have our class picture with Sr. Placida (Sr. Marie) right here by the computer – wonderful memories.

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