Sister Hilary Hanley, SSJ, 90; longtime nurse - Catholic Courier

Sister Hilary Hanley, SSJ, 90; longtime nurse

Sister of St. Joseph Hilary Hanley, who worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira for more than 25 years, died Sept. 26, 2019. She was 90 years old.

Sister Hanley entered the congregation in 1950 from her home parish of St. Mary, Corning. She received her nursing certification from St. Joseph Hospital in Elmira before entering the congregation. She also received a bachelor’s in nursing from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., in 1971 and a master’s in nursing rehabilitation and administration from New York University in 1973.

She was assigned to Good Samaritan Hospital in Selma, Ala., in 1952. She then worked in the motherhouse infirmary for three years and St. Joseph’s Villa for five years. Sister Hanley worked for more than 25 years at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, serving as a nurse supervisor, home care coordinator and pediatric intake/clinical coordinator.

Sister Hanley then moved to Cobblestone Springs, a retreat/renewal center in Dundee. There she assisted with programs, managed the yard work and helped in the kitchen. She also worked in sisters’ care in the area. She remained an integral part of the community until her retirement in 2013.

Sister Hanley is survived by her niece, cousins, friends and her sisters in the congregation.

Her funeral liturgy was celebrated Oct. 1, 2019, with burial at Holy Sepulchre

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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