NOLAN, Sis­ter Winifred

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Antigo­nish, N.S./Mount Carmel, Nfld.

Sis­ter Winifred Nolan, 99, for­merly Sis­ter Mary Ruth, a Sis­ter of St. Martha, died at St. Martha’s Hos­pi­tal, Antigo­nish on July 27, 2015, in the 76th year of her re­li­gious life.

Born in Mount Carmel, New­found­land and Labrador, and bap­tized Winifred Genevieve, she was the daugh­ter of the late John and Brid­get (Power) Nolan.

Sis­ter Winifred en­tered the Sis­ters of St. Martha on Sept. 8, 1937, pro­nounced her first vows on Aug. 24, 1939, and pro­nounced her fi­nal vows on Aug. 24, 1942. For most of her re­li­gious life, Sis­ter Winifred par­tic­i­pated in the min­istry of home­mak­ing in the var­i­ous houses in which she lived. Home­mak­ing was the found­ing min­istry of the Sis­ters of St. Martha at St. Fran­cis Xavier Univer­sity in Antigo­nish. In main­land Nova Sco­tia, Sis­ter Winifred served at St. Martha’s Hos­pi­tal, Coady In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute, St. Martha’s Con­vent and Bethany. In Cape Bre­ton she served at Lit­tle Flower In­sti­tute, Bras d’Or, St. Charles Con­vent, Do­min­ion, St. Mary’s Con­vent, In­ver­ness, New Water­ford Con­sol­i­dated Hos­pi­tal Con­vent, New Water­ford. She served as well at St. Martha’s Catholic Cen­ter, Bos­ton, Car­di­nal’s Res­i­dence, Toronto, and Our Lady of Per­pet­ual Help Con­vent, Kam­loops, B.C. Sis­ter Winifred served as com­mu­nity leader in four of the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties where she lived.

Sis­ter Winifred, the third youngest of 12 chil­dren, was the last sur­viv­ing mem­ber of her im­me­di­ate fam­ily.

Be­sides her par­ents, she was pre­de­ceased by four broth­ers, John, Bert, Fran­cis and Wal­ter, and by seven sis­ters, Blanche, Ellen, Kath­leen, Mercedes, Mary Cleary, Muriel, and Sis­ter Mary Alicia, a Re­li­gious of Pre­sen­ta­tion of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary in St. John’s, Nfld.

She is sur­vived by sev­eral nieces and neph­ews.

Sis­ter Winifred will be fondly re­mem­bered for her cheer­ful spirit, her art of sto­ry­telling with a poem to fit ev­ery oc­ca­sion. It was ev­i­dent from her many sto­ries that Sis­ter Winifred cher­ished dearly her New­found­land roots. She also loved to dress up for any feast, be it St. Valen­tine’s Day or St. Pa­trick’s Day, sport­ing one of her tall hats that she had made her­self — giv­ing ev­ery­one a chuckle as she walked into the din­ing room.

Her re­mains will be rest­ing at Bethany, be­gin­ning Thurs­day, July 30, at 1:15 p.m. A Cel­e­bra­tion of Vigil will be held on that same evening at 7:30 p.m. Liturgy of Chris­tian Burial will take place on Fri­day, July 31, 2015, at 2 p.m. in Bethany Chapel.

Ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of C.L. Curry Fu­neral Home, Antigo­nish.

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