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R.I.P Sr. Mary Ellen Bernadette Magano, O.Carm.

Sister Helena - Thursday, August 27, 2020

 

Sister Mary Ellen Bernadette O.Carm. passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, August 27, 2020 at Ozanam Hall, in the 64 th year of her religious life. Sr. Mary Ellen had been receiving excellent skilled nursing care at Ozanam Hall since April of 2018.

Elsie Rodrigues Magano was born on April 21, 1932 in Fall River, MA to Manuel and Mary (nee Souza Rapoza) Magano, also of Fall River.  In addition to her parents, Sr. Mary Ellen was predeceased by her sister, Sr. M. Francis Clare of All Saints.  Having entered the Congregation on September 7, 1956, Sr. Mary Ellen professed first vows on October 2, 1958 and final vows on December 8, 1962.  She was assigned for very short periods of time in several missions but served the longest at Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, MA (1976-1986); St. Patrick’s Residence, Naperville, IL (1986-1988); and Ozanam Hall, Bayside, NY (1988 – 2020).

Trained as a C.O.T.A., Sr. Mary Ellen’s various ministries included activities, bookkeeping, data entry for MDS, and various clerical positions. A woman of multiple talents, Sister was a member of the Community Choir for many years, where she shared her gorgeous, crystal clear singing voice.  Sr. Mary Ellen played the organ and the guitar, and she and Sr. Francis Clare enjoyed attending the National Pastoral Musicians Conference each year until their health prevented traveling.  Sr. Mary Ellen was also very artistic and designed the beautiful logo for St. Patrick’s Residence, which was introduced during the transition from Joliet to Naperville and is still in use today.  Some of her favorite things were counted cross stitch, jigsaw puzzles, visiting Avila and, of course, as a true Fall River native, eating lobster.

The Lord invited Sr. Mary Ellen to join him in heaven, and she gently slipped away to meet her heavenly spouse.  May her beautiful voice join in with the choirs of angels for eternity.


 


Comments
Sr. Raphael commented on 30-Aug-2020 10:25 AM
God grant her eternal peace! Thank you for the gift you were to us.
Sheila commented on 30-Aug-2020 11:22 PM
I am very sorry for your great loss
Anonymous commented on 31-Aug-2020 08:21 AM
Rest in the arms of our Lord , but as a true non stop Carmelite I’m sure you will keep singing and praying for us all.

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