Wheeler, S. Elaine D.C. MENANDS Daughter of Charity Sister Elaine Wheeler(Anne Lenore), died at St. Louise House, Menands on Friday, January 18, 2013 surrounded by her Sisters in Community, nursing staff and friends. Sister Elaine Wheeler, (Anne Lenore) a twin, was born in New York City in 1916. Her parents, Nina Marie Barr and Ferdinand C. Wheeler enjoyed their seven daughters, four of whom became Daughters of Charity, including her identical twin, one a Religious of the Sacred Heart, and two married sisters. Sister entered the Daughters of Charity in 1935 and enjoyed teaching for 42 years, 24 of those years were spent in Troy and Albany. Her innovated methods for teaching biology were well know to the staff and students of Cardinal McCloskey High School, Albany where Sister Elaine taught from the opening of the school in 1957 to 1978 with a three year sojourn in St. Mark's High School, Wilmington, Del. Sister loved teaching and visiting the homes of her students. In 1979 Sister was invited to work in the archives for six months. Instead of six months she spent over 26 years organizing the history of the Northeast Province of the Daughters of Charity. Sister Elaine learned the work of an archivist with the same enthusiasm she used in teaching. She assisted four other provinces in the United States, as well as England, Ireland, and Australia to set up their archives. She was invited to many communities to establish their archives and taught many Sisters from all communities how to be archivists. She came to St. Louise House December 30, 2005 and continued her archival work. She was noted for the energy, both in walking and getting around in a wheelchair. Her later years found her with a book in her hands. An avid reader, she was making up for the days she had no time to read. When the Daughters wore full habits, Sister Elaine and her sister, Sister Madeleine loved to switch places and cause confusion. Sister Elaine is predeceased by her parents and six sisters, Sister Mary Cecilia, a Religious of the Sacred Heart, Nina Wheeler Blake, Hilda Barr Dixon, Sister Jean Marie, Sister Madeleine, and Sister Zoe, all of whom were Daughters of Charity. Sister Elaine is survived by her two nephews, Phillip (Po) Karczewski of Tacoma Wash. and Wheeler Dixon of Lincoln, Neb. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in the DePaul House Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. A wake service remembering Sister will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Calling hours will be from 4 p.m. on January 23, when the body returns and is blessed in the DePaul House Chapel, 96 Menand Road, Albany, NY 12204. Donations may be made to the Daughters of Charity, 4330 Olive Street, St Louis, MO 63108-2622. For on line condolences, please visit danielkeenanfuneralhome.com
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Published in Albany Times Union on Jan. 22, 2013