WEST HARTFORD – Sister of Mercy Theresa Cosgrove died on Oct. 25, 2013, after a long illness.
She was born on May 25, 1936, in Hartford, a daughter of Patrick and Anna (O’Brien) Cosgrove. After graduation from Mount St. Joseph Academy and Morse Business College, she entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1957. She earned her teaching degree from the Diocesan Sisters’ College in Madison and, later, a paralegal certificate from Manchester Community College.
Sister Theresa taught in elementary schools in the state before branching into other areas of ministry, including at the Collaborative Center for Justice, the Communities’ Law Center, Trinity Hill, Mercy Housing and Shelter and the Sisters of Mercy administrative office.
Sister Theresa is survived by her brothers and sisters, Joseph, John, Anthony and Noreen Cosgrove and Patricia Geoghegan; 26 nieces and nephews; 27 grandnieces and grandnephews; three great-grandnephews; and her religious community.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Oct. 30 at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in West Hartford. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery in West Hartford.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, c/o 55 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111.