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Sister Mary C. Coons, RSM

Visitation:
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
4:00 PM until 8:00 PM

Convent of Mercy Chapel
634 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

Visitation:
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Service of Remembrance
Convent of Mercy Chapel
634 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

Service:
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
10:00 AM

Blessed Sacrament Church
Central Avenue
Albany, NY



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Albany-Coons RSM, Sister Mary C. (formerly Sister Mary Ralph), died suddenly Saturday, April 26, at her home. In September, she would have been a Golden Jubilarian, celebrating 50 years as a Sister of Mercy.

Sister Mary ministered as a teacher at Our Lady of Victory School, Troy; Sacred Heart of Mary School, Watervliet; St. Teresa of Avila School, Albany; St. Mary’s School, Ballston Spa; Catholic Central High School, Troy; and as Principal at St. Paul’s School in Troy. From 1976-86 she served as Principal at Blessed Sacrament School in Albany, leaving to exercise the ministry of leadership as Vice-President of the Albany Sisters of Mercy. In 1998 she returned to Blessed Sacrament Parish where she ministered as a Pastoral Associate until her death. In this position, Sister Mary was a familiar face in the parish food pantry and a compassionate presence to the sick whom she visited faithfully in their homes and in nursing homes and hospitals. She was also active in the adult faith formation and RCIA programs, where she shared her deep faith. Her ministry included serving as the Director of the Mercy Associates whom she inspired to join in the life, ministry and prayer of the Sisters of Mercy.

Sister Mary was the daughter of the late Catherine Evensen and Ralph Coons and the sister of the late Ralph Coons. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Eva Coons, her niece and nephew, Tara and Eric Coons, as well as by several cousins, and by the Sisters of Mercy.

Viewing hours will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Chapel of the Convent of Mercy, 634 New Scotland Avenue, Albany. Relatives and friends are welcome and invited to attend a Prayer Service of Remembrance in the Chapel at 7:00 p.m. A wake will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Blessed Sacrament Church, 609 Central Avenue, Albany, with a Mass of Christian Burial being celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in the Church. Sister Mary will be laid to rest in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush, on Wednesday, the feast day of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

Contributions may be made in Sister Mary's memory to the Sisters of Mercy, 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany, New York 12208 or to the food pantry at Blessed Sacrament Church, 609 Central Avenue, Albany, New York 12206.




 
 

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