Sister Irene Cushing

Sister Irene "Sister St. Benedict" Cushing

Friday, April 3rd, 1931 - Thursday, May 30th, 2019
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Sister Irene Cushing
(Sister St. Benedict)
A Grey Sister of the Immaculate Conception, Pembroke, ON, died in Pembroke, on the 30th day of May, 2019 in the 70th year of her Religious Life. Left to mourn are the members of her Religious Community and other relatives and dear friends. She was predeceased by parents, William Arthur and Brigid Ann (Ivers), her sisters, Dorothy, Marion, and Theresa and brother, William (Bill). Sister Irene was born on April 3rd, 1931, in Tingwick, Quebec. She entered the Community on September 10th, 1949, pronouncing final vows on August 24th, 1954. A teacher by profession, she served in various areas including Ottawa, Timmins, Victoria Harbour and Pembroke. In 1978, a change in ministry led her to St. Paul University, Ottawa. She graduated with a certificate in Canon Law, and ministered with the Regional Tribunal of Montreal, moving in 1982 to the Regional Tribunal of Toronto, where she provided many years of faithful service. Visitation at Caritas Residence, 215 Deacon Street, Pembroke, Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. followed by sharing of memories. Funeral Liturgy at 10:30 in the chapel. Interment in St. Columba Cemetery. Arrangements by the
Neville Funeral Home
491 Isabella St., Pembroke, ON, K8A 5T8
(613) 732-7481
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    Caritas Residence
    Deacon Street
  • Service

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Tuesday, June 4th, 2019 10:30am
    Caritas Residence
    Deacon Street
    Rev. Garry P. Cain
  • Interment

    St. Columba's Cemetery
    TV Tower Rd.
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  • Reception

    Caritas Residence
    Deacon Street


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Maureen Cormier

Posted at 11:16pm
I was sorry to learn of Irene's passing. She was my cousin, her father, Arthur, and my grandfather, Andrew Cushing, were brothers. I have heard my grandfather talk about Irene very often while I was growing up and he was very proud of her. Irene was one of the few cousins left of her generation. God Bless her. We have another angel in Heaven.
Maureen Cushing Cormier

Clarice Friesen

Posted at 02:09pm
I first met Irene when we were about 10 years old. We went to high school and church together remaining friends and sending birthday, Christmas and other cards and notes throughout the year, never forgetting April 3rd. I will have a couple Masses said for her, and send a donation to the Motherhouse in Pembroke.

The only other Grey Sisters from Windsor are Margaret Sinnott, Lenore Gibbs and Elaine Reaume, The rest including my aunt, Sr. Marie Lennon, have already gone on their great reward. I'll miss and remember my friend Irene.

God Bless all the Grey Sisters,
Clarice (Finn) Friesen

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