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MCGILLICUDDY, Sister Susan, OSF 74, of St. Petersburg, died May 26, 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Sister Susan attended grade school at Mater Misericordiae and Melrose Academy in Philadelphia, and at St. Francis Xavier in Fort Myers. She attended high school at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, graduating in 1957. She was received into the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, NY, at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse on Sept. 3, 1957 and professed her final religious vows on Aug. 16, 1965. After joining the Congregation, she attended St. Elizabeth Teacher's College (now part of St. Bonaventure University) in Allegany, NY, where she earned her B.S. in education. Sr. Susan pursued graduate studies at Sacred Heart College in Belmont, NC, and St. Thomas University in Miami Beach, where she earned her M.A. in pastoral ministries in 1988. Sister Susan taught elementary education for many years in Congregational schools throughout Florida and Massachusetts. In 1981, she began ministering as a Pastoral Associate at St. Francis Hospital in Miami. Sr. Susan would spend the remainder of her ministry in hospitals around Florida, serving as the director of the pastoral care department at St. Francis Hospital; as the vice president for Mission Integration at St. Mary's Hospital in West Palm Beach; and most recently serving in pastoral care and Eucharistic ministry at St. Anthony's Hospital. In February 2014, Sr. Susan was awarded the Helen D. Roberts Philanthropy Award by the St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation for her generosity in giving of her time and talents to the hospital. Sister Susan was predeceased by her parents, Cornelius and Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy of Fort Myers; and a brother, Michael McGillicuddy. She is survived by four brothers, Cornelius (Priscilla) McGillicuddy (former U.S. Senator Connie Mack III), Dennis (Graci) McGillicuddy, John (Frances) Sheppard McGillicuddy, and Andrew McGillicuddy; and two sisters, Mary McGillicuddy and Lucille Elizabeth McGillicuddy. A viewing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014 at Anderson McQueen Funeral Home, 2201 Dr. MLK St. North, St. Petersburg, 33704, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at noon Saturday, May 31, 2014, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 1800 12th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704, with a reception to follow. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Anthony Hospital Foundation, 1200 7th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33705, or to the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, 115 East Main St., Allegany, NY, 14706. Online donations can be made at For complete service information and to sign the family's personalized online guestbook, visit
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Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home
2201 Dr. MLK St. North St. Petersburg, FL 33704
(727) 822-2059
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 30, 2014
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