WEST HARTFORD – Sister Ann Loughery (Sister Mary Josette) of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas died peacefully on April 15, 2015, at St. Mary Home.
She was born in New Britain Dec. 31, 1933, a daughter of the late Francis and Mary (Ryan) Loughery. At age 18 she entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 8, 1951, and professed her religious vows three years later.
Sister Ann taught in elementary schools throughout Connecticut and for 20 years was principal and administrator of St. Mary School in New London. In 2000, she accepted the difficult assignment of permanently closing the historic St. Joseph Cathedral Parish elementary school in Hartford. Sister Ann also ministered as a pastoral associate at St. Patrick Parish in East Hampton. She then became the administrative coordinator of the St. Vincent DePaul soup kitchen in Middletown until her retirement.
Sister Ann was predeceased by three siblings, Mary, Donald and Robert. She is survived by her brother John Loughery of Florida, several nieces and nephews and her religious community.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 21 in the chapel at St. Mary Home. Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery. Donations in Sister Ann’s memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111; or St. Vincent DePaul Place, P.O Box 398, Middletown, CT 06457.