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MURTAGH, Sister Anne

January 11, 1935 – December 16, 2011

Sister Anne Murtagh, Sister of Charity of St. Louis, of Regina and recently of Lethbridge, passed away on Friday, December 16, 2011 at the age of 76 years.

Sister Anne was born and raised in Saskatchewan, attended Normal School in Moose Jaw, and thus began her long career in Education. Anne joined the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis in Moose Jaw, SK, made her profession of vows in Medicine Hat in 1959. She then continued her love of teaching in Burnaby, BC, Medicine Hat, the University of P.E.I, (Charlottetown), the University of Lethbridge, Newman Theological College(Edmonton), Red Crow College (Standoff, AB), She also was chosen by the Canadian Crossroads International Grant to teach in a girls’ school in Kenya, and then on to St. Lucia, W. Indies, on the Rotary International Grant to supervise student teachers. Interspersed throughout her teaching years, Anne completed degrees in Education, Theological Studies, English Literature and a Doctor of Philosophy in Literature. Anne also served in community leadership, in the intercommunity Novitiate formation programs, and was an accomplished pianist and writer.

Anne’s love of education was evident in her pursuit of learning and in sharing this with others.

She believed in the importance of celebrating the contributions of the Sisters in education. On the occasion of Bi-centennial of the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis in Western Canada, to “remember our history”, she promoted celebrations in Wilcox, SK (Notre Dame College) with the dedication of a sculpture and in Medicine Hat, AB with the unveiling of a mural in St. Louis School.

Anne will be also be remembered for her joy filled laughter and story telling, her sense of humour, her competitive nature in games of cards, her interest in and connection to her family and for her love of the Church and the spiritual life.

Anne will be lovingly remembered by the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis, throughout the world; her sister, Priscilla (Luis) Mogentale; her brothers, Gerald (Bev) Murtagh and Patrick (Shirley) Murtagh; her nieces, nephews and cousins, her colleagues, and many friends.

Anne was predeceased by her parents, Anna and Thomas; brother, Richard Louison; and her nephew John Mogentale.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB) this evening, December 20, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 640 – 19 Avenue N.W. on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Further details to follow. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to a charity of your choice supporting Kenyan women’s education. Please contact Sister Pat Derbyshire at 403-217-8803.

In living memory of Sister Anne Murtagh, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Sister Mar Dolores CSM :

    Sr. Anne was a good friend of mine in Lethbridge. We Both came from Regina and spend much time together. She will be remembered in prayer.

    In peace,
    Sr. Mary Dolores CSM

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  2. Sister Marie Hagen, cnd :

    Dear Sisters of Anne’s Community and Family

    My sincere and heartfelt sympathy as you live through this very difficult moment of Anne’s sudden death.

    Anne and I taught together at UPEI during the early 70’s and have remained in touch ever since. I experienced her as a dedicated religious woman, leader, committed teacher and friend to all in need.

    Across the miles, I am united with all you as you keep vigil with her.

    With sincere sympathy,

    Sr. Marie Hagen, cnd
    (Charlottetown, PEI)

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  3. Dr. William A. Cooke :

    Anne was a very dear friend – her passing will leave a big void in many lives. She was much loved by colleagues, students, friends and relatives. My deepest condolences.

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  4. We were most saddened in Lethbridge to hear of the loss of our friend St. Anne. One does not know the time or the hour when our Master will come, but I would never have guessed that it would be this soon for Sr. Anne. I found her to be the picture of health and full of vitality,humor and welcome to all who crossed her path. This is a great shock for myself and the many friends she made in Lethbridge

    Rest in peace Sr. Anne. The communications in Heaven will be state of the art, freeing you from any further dealings with troublesome computers.

    We will keep you in our prayers

    Grant Alger

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  5. Frank and Geri Hecker :

    Our deepest sympathy to the family and the Sisters of Charity of St. Lewis on the passing of Sister Ann. We will miss her and will remember her in our prayers.

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  6. Sister Mary MacFarlane, Congregation Leader, Sisters of St. Martha :

    Dear Sisters of Charity of St. Louis,

    It is with sadness that we received the news of the sudden death of Sister Anne Murtagh. Our Sisters who presently serve and have served in Lethbridge and Calgary knew her well and will miss her. We assure you of our prayerful support during this time of sorrow and separation. May the tree to be planted in Fish Creek Provincial Park help to keep her memory alive in the hearts of all who mourn her death. In its taking root and growing may it celebrate her entry into eternal life.

    Our sincerest sympathy,

    Sister Mary MacFarlane
    Congregation Leader
    Sisters of St. Martha
    Antigonish, NS

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  7. I am very saddened to learn of the death of Sister Anne. Her kindness, sense of humour, and love of education was an inspiration to others. Please accept my sincere condolences. You are in my thoughts, and I wish you all possible comfort at this difficult time.

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  8. Sister Frances MacDougall :

    Dear Sisters and family,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you since hearing of Sr. Anne’s sudden death. She enjoyed life to the fullest and is now enjoying eternal life. May God console you as you grieve her sudden passing.
    Frances CND

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  9. I worked with Sister Anne at the University of Lethbridge and want you to know how much I personally respected and valued her. She was an accomplished and committed scholar, teacher and faculty member and a most thoughtful and fun colleague. We had many challenging discussions and shared some wonderfully fun times together – most often at faculty retreats! I know she will be sorely missed by her family, friends and colleagues.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Myrna Greene

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  10. Phil and Diane Garber :

    It was our pleasure to have worked with Sister Anne in connection with the Sisters of Charity. Our thoughts and prayers are with all her family and with the Sisters at this time.

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  11. Although it has been many years since I saw Sr Anne with these physical eyes, her spirit has remained fresh in view over the years. The most fun memories were of the joy of music with Sr Anne playing piano for our big choir practices in Medicine Hat and then for doing the L.P.–
    Well, Sr. Anne, you are never far away when within one’s heart. Thinking of you, (and of all the rest of you Sisters), brings a smile, always.
    Jan Rosgen (Novy)
    Sointula, BC

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  12. Cliff and Pat Bogdan, Lethbridge :

    Our thoughts and Prayers are with Anne’s Family and the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis family. It was a great shock to hear of Sisters death she was so looking forward to her new life in Regina. We valued our time with her as colleague, bridge partner, or hostess. She always had great stories and knew everyone.

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  13. Eugene and Margaret Falkenberg :

    Sister Anne was a dear colleague of mine. She was a wonderful person who worked steadfastly for the rights and welfare of the under-privileged. Margaret and I extend our sincerest sympathy to her family and friends.

    Gene Falkenberg

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  14. It was my privilege to meet Sister Ann at Red Crow Community College where she worked for several years as librarian. In face, as I remember, it was due to her influence that a magnificent library was developped there in what had been a chapel.
    I’ll always remember Sister Ann’s positive attitude towards everything and every one. She was such a welcoming and friendly person, and my life has been enriched by haveing known her.
    Please accept my sincere condolences for you loss of this wonderful person.
    Yours truly,
    Louise Woodrow

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  15. Our deepest sympathy to the Murtagh family. Our family has many fond memories of Anne as we had the pleasure and privilege of being students in Anne’s very first teaching assignment at Lake of the Plains country school near Govan. Anne boarded with us on the family farm. Our Mom (Kay Paul) has many great memories of sitting at the kitchen table sharing many hours of conversation and of course lots of laughs. Mom was so thrilled to have had the opportunity to renew acquaintances with Ann at the Govan Homecoming in 2005 and again a chance meeting at a Regina concert this summer where Anne & her sister happened to have seats right beside her. Many great memories of a wonderful jolly person. She will be sadly missed by all.
    Kay Paul and her family Shirley, Murray and Don

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  16. Edgar MacDonald :

    Lynn and I would like to express our sorrow in learning of the death of Sister Anne Murtagh. Our thoughts are with her family and her many friends around the world. I had the pleasure of teaching with Sister Anne at UPEI. She was a wonderful teacher and an inspiration to all whom she touched and I am sure that she will be greatly missed. May God bless and keep her.
    Edgar and Lynn MacDonald

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  17. We are sorry to hear of the passing of Sister Anne; she was a great support to the staff and residents at Elizabeth House through the years and will be fondly remembered. Her family and all the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Blessings & Peace,
    Elizabeth House Staff

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  18. Al and Agnes Kehler :

    Dear Priscilla, Luis and Sister Anne’s families. Our deepest sympathies..our thoughts and prayers are with you with Love Al and Agnes in Mazatlan Mx

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