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SISTER VIRGINIA COTTER


1926 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
SISTER  VIRGINIA COTTER Obituary
Cotter, Sister Virginia Sr. Virginia Cotter, D.C., Brookline, Mass., Native, Nurse, Administrator, Pastoral Care Associate. A Mass of Christian Burial for Sr. Virginia Cotter, D.C., will be celebrated Sat., Jan. 18, at 11 AM at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Md.; burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Sr. Virginia died January 12, 2014, at 87 years of age at Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg. On December 30, 2013, she celebrated 62 years of vocation. Born in Brookline, Mass., Feb. 24, 1926, Sr. Virginia was the third of seven children born to John and Margaret (O'Day) Cotter. Sr. Virginia joined the Daughters of Charity in December 1951. After completing seminary, she served in formation while studying nursing. After graduating from St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg with a BSN in 1956, she served at Seton Institute in Baltimore. In 1959, she went to Astor Home in Rhinebeck, N.Y.; she earned her Master's in Nursing Administration at St. John's University in New York in 1961. She was then missioned to Providence Hospital in Detroit, as Director of Nursing; to St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore, as Assistant Administrator; and to Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., as Director of Nursing Service. From 1966 to 1972, she served as Administrator of St. Vincent Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla. Sister's next missions were Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., as Director of Nursing; DePaul Hospital in Norfolk, Va., as Administrator; and Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., as President and CEO. She returned to Emmitsburg as Administrator of Villa St. Michael. Sister then served in Pastoral Care at Providence Hospital, Washington, DC; Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola; and St. Vincent Medical Center, Jacksonville. In 2006, Sr. Virginia went to St. Joseph Parish, Martinsburg, W.V., to work in parish outreach. From 2008 until her death, she served in the Ministry of Prayer at Villa St. Michael. Sr. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, and three siblings. She is survived by her brothers Michael Joseph of Walpole, Mass., and Vincent of Oklahoma City, Okla.; her sister Marie Hennessy of Roslindale, Mass.; many nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be made in Sr. Virginia's name to the Daughters of Charity, 4330 Olive Street, St. Louis, Mo., 63108.
Published in The Boston Globe on Jan. 17, 2014
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