Catholic Courier

Posted: June 20, 2017

Last Updated: June 21, 2017

Sister Mary Ida Lynch, SSJ, 102

Sister of St. Joseph Mary Ida Lynch died May 17, 2017. She was 102 years old.

Sister Lynch entered the congregation in 1932 from her home parish of St. Theodore, Gates. She received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1948 and a bachelor’s degree in English in 1959 from Nazareth College.

Sister Lynch taught at St. Alphonsus, Auburn; St. Stephen, Geneva; St. Patrick, Corning; and St. Joseph’s Villa, Rochester. While at St. Joseph’s Villa, she also worked part time in the cottage as house mother. She also served as principal at St. Patrick and Sacred Heart Cathedral schools.

In 1968 Sister Lynch went to Nazareth Academy in Rochester to teach English. Three years later she was assigned to serve as local coordinator.

She became director of retirement/pre-retirement planning for the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1977, and also served as local coordinator at St. Ann’s Home.

Sister Lynch was coordinator at the motherhouse infirmary from 1984-97. It was there where she introduced the idea of admitting clergy into care and was able to welcome the first of many priests to the motherhouse.

Sister Lynch is survived by her brother, Bernard (Carolyn) Lynch; sisters, Sister Mary (Mary de Porres) Lynch and Gertrude Amesbury; and her sisters in the congregation.

Her funeral liturgy was celebrated at the motherhouse chapel in Pittsford on May 20, 2017, with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministry Fund at or 150 French Road, Rochester, NY 14618.


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