Sr. Janet Meehan

Sr. Janet Meehan

Saturday, August 16th, 1941 Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

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Obituary for Sr. Janet Meehan

Sr. Janet Meehan, RDC (formerly known as Sr. Mary Leonard), a Sister of the Divine Compassion, died peacefully on June 17, 2020.
Sr. Janet was born in Westchester in 1941, the daughter of John and Louise (Cancro) Meehan. She attended Hawthorne Public Schools and graduated from Good Counsel Academy High School. Sister received her BA from Good Counsel College in White Plains and her MA in Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame.
Sister began her teaching career at Preston High School in the Bronx. Following her time at Preston Sister Janet moved to Kennedy Catholic in Somers where she taught Math and was chairperson of the Art Department. One of her favorite tasks was moderator the Track Team at Kennedy. Sister received a number of awards in her career – The Educational Art Teachers Award from Rode Island School of Design, the Lacey Award from Westchester Coaches and Officials Association and she was named Coach of the Year by Gannett Westchester in 1990.

Sister Laura Donovan, President of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion said, “A talented artist and compassionate teacher, Sister Janet’s gifts will long survive.”
Sister is survived by her Sisters of the Divine Compassion, her sister Marilyn Rhode and her husband David, her brother, John Meehan, two nieces, Joanna Meehan Rhodes and Elizabeth Meehan Barrow.
A wake and funeral mass will take place on Saturday, June 20 at the Chapel of the Divine Compassion. The wake will be from 9:45 – 10:45 followed by the liturgy. Interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, White Plains, NY. Arrangements will be handled by McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Sisters of the Divine Compassion, 52 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 | 9:45am - 10:45am
    Chapel of the Divine Compassion
    52 North Broadway
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    Saturday, June 20th, 2020
    9:45am - 10:45am
  • Mass

    Saturday, June 20th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Chapel of the Divine Compassion
    52 North Broadway
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    Saturday, June 20th, 2020
  • Interment

    Mount Calvary Cemetery
    575 Hillside Ave
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May her memory live on in this grove of trees and in our art

With love, Class of '08 Art Students: Lindsay, Lauren, Krista, and Casey; Stephanie B (art, '07), Stacey S (track, '08), Shannon F (track, '08)

May her memory live on in this grove of trees and in our art planted 5 memorial trees for Sr. Janet Meehan

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Richard Mchugh

Sr. Janet was an inpiration to me when I coached the Our Lady of Lourdes Poughkeepsie Cross Country Girl's team 1992-93. May she Rest In Peace. Prayers sent.
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Alicia OBrien

With love and hugs from all the gawky teenagers that Sr Janet taught to run like gazelles. You will be in our hearts always- and on every run.
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Ronald Stoverr

I worked with Sister Janet for 10 years in the 1980's at JFK. She was a remarkable teacher and coach who was demanding, but fair in the classroom and on the track.She was always perfectly dressed and once you got to know her possessed a great sense of humor. It was an honor to know her and no doubt she left a lasting impact on a great high school.
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Nancy McFalls

Sister Janet has been on my mind many times over the decades since I was her student at JFK. She was my advocate when I felt overwhelmed by college and scholarship searches. She provided a refuge in her art room for many of us. She insisted that we learn the basics before "getting fancy". She was tough but fair and kind. She pushed us to be the best we could be. I'm so glad she was in my life.
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