In Loving Memory…

Sister M. Gerald Anne (Mahoney), CSC

Sister M. Gerald Anne (Mahoney), CSC

Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Mass of the Resurrection, 10:30 a.m.
Church of Our Lady of Loretto
Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana 

Visitors are welcome.

Sister M. Gerald Anne, CSC
(Mildred Johana Mahoney) 

April 15, 1933 – February 27, 2024 

We share news of the death of Sister M. Gerald Anne (Mahoney), CSC, who died at 7:25 a.m. on February 27, 2024, in Saint Mary’s Convent, Notre Dame, Indiana. Sister Gerald Anne entered the Sisters of the Holy Cross from Morris, Illinois, on August 1, 1952. Her initial profession of vows took place on August 15, 1955.

Please join us in prayer for Sister as we renew our faith in the resurrected Jesus and strengthen our hope that all the departed will be raised to eternal life.

A consecrated Sister of the Holy Cross for more than 68 years, Sister M. Gerald Anne (Mahoney) was a patient and caring woman, despite her upbringing being harder than others’. She was grateful to devote her life to serving God and to live with women of faith she was proud to call “sisters.” She was born on April 15, 1933, to Carl James Mahoney and Mildred (Thompson) Mahoney. As a child, she preferred to be called Winifred, or “Winnie,” rather than her birth name, Mildred Johana. Her transfer from a public grammar school in Chicago, Illinois, to Immaculate Conception School, Morris, Illinois, in 1944, marked the beginning of her life-long devotion to God and the Sisters of the Holy Cross. While attending high school at St. Angela Academy, Morris, Winnie formed a friendship with Sister M. Una (Garrity), CSC, who initially inspired her to discern her vocation. One of Winnie’s fondest memories was of Sister Una attending her high school graduation in 1952. Winnie entered the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana, on August 1, 1952. Upon reception of the holy habit a year later, she became Sister Mary Gerald Anne.

The first 19 years of Sister Gerald Anne’s life in Holy Cross involved education and domestic service. Her assignments included instructing primary grades at St. Joseph School, Ogden, Utah; St. Anne School; Las Vegas, Nevada; St. Stanislaus School, Modesto, California; and Holy Rosary School, Idaho Falls, Idaho. While Sister Gerald Anne did not see herself as a teacher, the children loved her because she understood and affirmed them. In between teaching assignments, she was a convent housekeeper at St. Mary of the Wasatch Academy, Salt Lake City, Utah; Bishop Glass School, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Our Lady of Holy Cross Convent, South Bend, Indiana.

In 1974, Sister Gerald Anne began ministering in health care and social services. She was a nurse’s aide for eight years at Saint Mary’s Convent, Notre Dame, before joining the staff of South Side Office of Concern, a nonprofit agency that provides services to those with mental health issues and developmental disabilities in Peoria, Illinois. She returned to Saint Mary’s in 1987 and worked in the Print Shop at Holy Cross Shared Services for a year before being assigned to office duties at St. Joseph’s Care Group, South Bend. Dennis Heck, president of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center from 1985 to 1997, once called Sister Gerald Anne the highlight of the hospital’s administration, and someone who was “an example to all on living the mission of the organization.” She had “a smile which brightens the darkest day,” and was always willing to do more than what was asked, without hesitation. She left this ministry in 1995 and assisted as sacristan at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto, Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, until 1999.

To say that Sister Gerald Anne was generous with her time would be an understatement. For her, it was second nature to offer her assistance, especially when someone was pressed for time. Outside of her work hours at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, she would visit patients prior to surgery and administer them Communion. She also volunteered at the Logan Center, South Bend, from 1996 to 1999. When she moved to Saint Catherine by the Sea Convent, Ventura, California, in 1999, she rekindled her love of music and discovered an interest in hand painting. She often played the organ and piano at Mass in the retirement community.

In 2000, Sister Gerald Anne returned to the motherhouse at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana. Her health continued to decline, yet her gentle personality prevailed. She died in the early morning hours of February 27, 2024, at Saint Mary’s Convent. According to those who were present, Sister Gerald Anne seemed to be at such peace. While it is only the second week of Lent, she was already celebrating the Resurrection. May Sister Gerald Anne rest in God’s loving embrace.

Written by Madisen Toth, archivist
Sister of the Holy Cross
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