Mercy Sister Mary Leon Gilman; teacher, seamstress - Catholic Courier

Mercy Sister Mary Leon Gilman; teacher, seamstress

Mercy Sister Mary Leon Gilman died July 13, 2005, at the age of 97.

Sister Gilman entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1931 from her home parish of St. Mary’s in Rochester and professed her perpetual vows in 1937.

She taught in diocesan schools for 50 years, serving Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Rochester; St. Thomas the Apostle, Irondeqouit; St. Cecelia, Elmira; St. Louis, Pittsford; St. Mary, Bath; St. Mary, Corning; and completed her career in primary-grade teaching at St. Andrew, Rochester, in 1981. She then tutored at St. Andrew until her retirement in 1986.

In retirement, she was active in the prayer ministry and volunteered as a seamstress for the elderly. She earned the nickname of “Sister Delicious” based on her expertise in making homemade chocolates.

Sister Gilman is survived by her sister-in-law, Helen Gilman; several nieces and nephews; and her sisters in the congregation.

Father Stephen Kraus celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial on July 19, 2005, at the motherhouse chapel. Interment was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 1437 Blossom Road, Rochester, NY 14610.

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