WEST HARTFORD – Sister Mary (Eleanor Frances) Crowley, of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, died on March 13, 2013, at St. Mary Home.
She was born in the Pawcatuck section of Westerly, R.I., on May 28, 1922, a daughter of the late Fred and Alice (Donnelly) Crowley. After several years of employment, she entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 24, 1942, the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, and made her profession of religious vows on June 28, 1945.
Sister Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from St. Joseph College in West Hartford and a master’s degree in religion from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vt. She taught in elementary schools throughout Connecticut until 1979, when she changed direction and served as a pastoral associate and director of religious education at St. Mary Parish in East Hartford. She then became the office manager at St. Elizabeth House in Hartford, and then business manager and bookkeeper at McAuley House in Providence, R.I. She returned to Connecticut in 2000 as an accounting clerk at Mercy Housing and Shelter in Hartford, where she remained until her retirement in 2006.
Sister Mary is survived by her brother Charles, of Pawcatuck; many nieces and nephews; and her religious community. She was predeceased by her sisters, Eleanor Crowley and Elizabeth C. Gervasini, and her brothers Francis, James and Joseph Crowley.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on March 25 in the chapel of St. Mary Home. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery.
Memorial donations in Sister Mary’s name may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy, 155 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111 or Outreach Haiti, 199 Broadway, Norwich, CT 0636