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Sr. Joan Mary McDermott

May 11, 1934 ~ April 30, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Sr. Joan McDermott Obituary


Sister Joan Mary Mc Dermott (Sister Mary Prague), formally known as Joan Elizabeth McDermott, died Sunday, April 30, 2023 at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham, MA.

She was a graduate of St. Bernard’s High School in 1952 and entered the Sisters of the Presentation on September 24, 1952. She made her final Profession of Vows on August 20, 1958.

Sister received a BA in English from Regina Coeli College, a MA in Religious Education from Fairfield University. She furthered her studies with the Catholic Hospital Association in Ministry to the Aging and Infirm and completed studies at the Catholic Hospital Association Hospice Institute.

Her ministries included: teaching primary grades at St. Bernard’s & Sacred Heart (Fitchburg), St. Leo’s (Leominster), St. Mary’s (Ayer) , St. John’s & Holy Rosary (Clinton), St. Patrick’s (Whitinsville), St. Stephen’s (Worcester) Massachusetts and St. Catherine’s (Riverside) CT.                 Sister Joan spent seven years caring for the Sisters at Holy Family Convent Infirmary (Fitchburg).

Sister extended her work with the Presentation Sisters, serving the poor in Mexico, Jamaica and Trinidad.

She followed a path as Adult Religious Faith Formation at the Christian Life Center in Keene, NH and St. Rose of Lima as Pastoral Assistant in Northboro, MA.

In 2016 she was awarded the Retirement Fund for Religious Award in the Diocese of Worcester.

Besides her Presentation Community, Sister Joan leaves her sisters Bonita Brennan and Patricia Stone as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family.

She is predeceased by her parents Lydia (Jacobson) McDermott and Joseph McDermott, and her siblings Agnes Grainger, Barbara Grainger, Theresa Goguen, Elizabeth Hunt, and Joseph. McDermott.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Curley-Marchand Funeral Home, West St, Leominster, MA

A Calling hour will be held May 4, 2023 prior to the Funeral @ 9:30 AM  at St. Leo’s Church, Main St. Leominster MA . The Funeral Mass will be @ 11:00 AM 

Burial will follow at St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Fitchburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sisters of the Presentation, 84 Presentation Way, New Winsor, NY 12553

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Calling Hours
May 4, 2023

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Leo's Church
108 Main Street
Leominster, MA 01453

Funeral Mass
May 4, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Leo's Church
108 Main Street
Leominster, MA 01453

Concluding Service
May 4, 2023

12:00 PM
St. Bernard's Cemetery
off St. Bernard Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420


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