Born: Patricia Ann Perry, March 22, 1937 in Cortland, NY
Died: April 11, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany, NY
Daughter of: Charles and Charlotte McGuire Perry of Cortland, NY
Sister Pat Perry was received into the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY, at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse on August 15, 1957 and professed her final religious vows on August 16, 1964. For 62 years, Sister lived her commitment to Franciscan values through her ministry and life in community.
Sr. Pat graduated from St. Mary Elementary and High Schools in Cortland where she first met the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany which became her life-long journey. Following graduation, she attended Buffalo and Cortland State Universities and later earned her Bachelor Degree in Education from St. Elizabeth Teacher College (a satellite of St. Bonaventure University). Sister earned an Associate Degree in Assistant Physical Therapy from Springfield Community College, MA.
Sister taught in elementary schools in New York, Massachusetts and Florida. In 1973, after her training in Physical Therapy, she was transferred to St. Francis Hospital, Olean, NY where her direct contact with patients was the beginning of a wonderful and fulfilling mission for Sr. Pat. In 1983, she had a deep desire of opening a Proprietary Home to serve the needs of the elderly in the greater Olean area. This became a reality when “Sr. Pat’s Home” opened on May 7, 1986. For a short time 1995 - 1996, Sister was Local Minister for the infirmary at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse. She resumed her position as administrator of Sr. Pat’s Home from 1996-2018.
On March 31, 2018, Sr. Pat moved to St. Elizabeth Motherhouse and officially retired.
Sister is predeceased by her parents, Charles and Charlotte McGuire Perry. She is survived by a sister, Dorothy Stevens, and brother, John Perry, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received in the Chapel of St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany, NY on Monday, April 15, 2019 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm followed by a Wake Service at 6:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am, Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in the Chapel of St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, followed by burial in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, NY.
The funeral arrangements are under the direction of Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc. 646 East State Street, Olean, NY.