July 8, 2016
Sister Sheila Jane Moran, SSJ died on July 8, 2016 at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, NY. She is the daughter of William and Dorothy (Stacey) Moran and was born in Potsdam, NY on January 24, 1946. Sister Sheila attended St. Patrick's School, Brasher Falls and graduated from Holy Family High School, Massena in 1964. She earned a BA and MA Degree in Secondary English Education from SUNY Potsdam. Sister Sheila Jane entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 4, 1970. Sister Sheila attended Fordham University, Manhattan, NY taking courses in the Non-Public School Administrator Program.
Sister Sheila Jane taught in the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Ogdensburg at Holy Family School, Watertown,NY, Bishop Smith School, Malone, NY, St. Joseph's School, Dannemora, NY, St. Augustine's School, Peru, NY, Sacred Heart School, Watertown, NY and Holy Name School, AuSable Forks. She was principal at Bishop Smith's School, Malone, NY, facilitated the consolidation process of Bishop Smith School and Notre Dame School, Malone, NY which became Holy Family School, Malone, NY. Sister became the first principal of the new consolidated school. Sister Sheila was also principal at for one year at Sacred Heart School, Watertown, NY. Sister served as Parish Administrator, St. Helen's Church, Chasm Falls, St. Mary's Church, Lake Titus, NY and St. Joseph's Church, Owls Head and was Pastoral Delegate at St. Augustine's Church, North Bangor.
Sister Sheila established and chaired the Pastoral Finance Council at St. Helen's Church, Chasm Falls and St. Augustine's Church, North Bangor. She was a member of the parish councils in the parishes she served. Sister was involved in Communities That Care (CTC) in Malone, NY. She was Vice President of the Holy Family School Education Council, Malone, NY. Sister Sheila was a member of the steering committee for reconfiguation of the Malone parishes. She served as the First Councilor of the Sisters of St. Joseph Council. Sister was a member of the Diocese of Ogdensburg Planning Committee to plan for Parish Life Coordinators in the parishes of the Diocese of Ogdensburg. Due to health issues, Sister Sheila retired to the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 2010.
Sister Sheila Jane is survived by her sister Virginia Jones, Cortland, NY and her nieces Sheila (Jeffrey) Guido and their children Joseph, Michael, Madelynmae and Laura (Russell) Townsend and their children Nate and Maia.
The celebration of the Funeral Liturgy will be at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse Monday, July 11 at 1:00 pm. Rev. Arthur LaBaff, pastor of St. Mary's Church, Clayton and St. John the Evangelist Church, Lafargeville, NY will be the main celebrant. The wake will be held at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse Chapel on Sunday from 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm. The Wake Prayer Service will begin at 7:00 pm in the Chapel. Donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 1425 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601.
Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to her family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.