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Sr. Mary St. John Delany

Sr. Mary St. John Delany

Tuesday, November 13th, 1923 - Thursday, September 19th, 2019
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Sr. Mary St. John Delany, RDC, a Sister of the Divine Compassion, died peacefully on September 19, 2019.
Sr. Mary St. John was born in New York City in 1923, the daughter of John and Florence Delany. She attended St. John’s Elementary and Good Counsel High School. Sister received her BA in History from Good Counsel College and MS from Columbia Teachers College. Sister also received her Ph.D from Fordham University in Language and Literacy.
Sister began her career in teaching at St. Bernard’s Elementary School. She remained there for 20 years followed by 7 years as Principal of St. Anthony’s School in West Harrison. Sister was a longtime Associate Professor in the School of Education at Pace University and also served as the faculty chair in the school. In 1972 she founded the Delany Center to help improve the developmental reading skills of children. Because of her outstanding work with so many in White Plains, Sister was awarded the keys to the city by Mayor Tom Roach in 2015.
Sister Laura Donovan, President of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion said, “Sister loved to empower children, teens and adults by sharing her skills that included teaching reading, writing, language and culture as well as opening the sacramental life to children with special needs.”
Sister Mary St. John is survived by her Sisters of the Divine Compassion, several cousins and the Haughey Family. Sister was predeceased by her sister, Joan Delany.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 on Sept. 23 in The Chapel of the Divine Compassion, at 52 North Broadway, White Plains.
Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Sisters of the Divine Compassion, 52 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603.
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    Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home Inc.
    491 Mamaroneck Ave.
    White Plains, New York 10605
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    Monday, September 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, September 23rd, 2019 11:00am
    Chapel of the Divine Compassion
    52 North Broadway
    WHITE PLAINS, NY 10605
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  • Interment

    Gate of Heaven Cemetery
    10 W. Stevens Ave
    HAWTHORNE, NY 10532
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Lourdes Norton

Posted at 09:23am
Only yesterday I found out that Sister St John was no longer with us. She was an incredible educator and a remarkable human being. Ifeel blessed for having been her student who later worked with her at Education House, today the Delany Center for Excellence in Education This picture was taken on the day the center received her name, 5 years ago. I am forever grateful to you, dear Sister.


Posted at 07:46pm
My 1st grade teacher and my favorite over the 9 years at St. Bernards in the 1960s. 50 or more kids in a class taught us all how to read, write, arithmetic and how to get along with each other. Sister was an Angel sent by The Lord that touched many lives in a loving manner.


Posted at 10:44am
SISTER lives on through lives she touched. Circa 6 years ago, I was lost at Pace SOE Pleasantville in my efforts to visit my new cohort as their clinical teacher. SISTER escorted me to find my new cohort of Student Teachers! Sister was 25 years my senior, and clearly ...more youthful than me!
Loved by all!
Roberta Goldsteun

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