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Sister Carol Beairstro, RGS

AGE: 80 • Wickatunk

Sister Carol Beairsto, RGS, 80, of Wickatunk, passed away peacefully after a long illness on April 20, 2017 at De La Salle Hall in Lincroft, NJ. She was born in Middletown, NY, the twelfth and youngest child of Mary Neville and Joseph Ambrose Beairsto. A strong, Irish-Catholic family, she was educated by the New Rochelle Ursuline Sisters at St. Joseph's parish school and the Ursuline Academy. Sr. Carol graduated from St. John's High School in Goshen, N.Y. in 1954, and entered the Good Shepherd Sisters in Peekskill, N.Y. on February 27,1955. Sr. Carol received her B.S. degree in Education from Fordham University, NY.

Sr. Carol made temporary vows on August 28, 1957 and Final Profession on September 3, 1960. She continued studies at Seton Hall University where she received a Masters degree in Education Administration in 1964 while ministering at Collier Youth Services in Wickatunk, NJ. She was a Spanish teacher, then school principal, and then served as executive director. In 1973 Sr. Carol received a Certificate of Advanced Educational Studies at Boston College, MA. In 1998 she earned her Masters Degree in Applied Theology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Following her role as Executive Director of Collier Youth Services, Sr. Carol served as Asst. Provincial for six years in Jamaica, Queens and then to teach English to Good Shepherd Sisters in Spain, and Central and South America. She initiated many new programs, including the Sisters Academy in Asbury Park with Sr. Carol Henry, RSM, and in Brooklyn Jesuit Prep with the Jesuits of Brooklyn, NY.

Through her ministry as an educator and leader, Sr. Carol touched thousands of young lives giving each a new chance to grow and hope.

She is predeceased by her parents Mary and Joseph; sisters Patricia Stivers, Virginia Hibbert, E. Elizabeth Beairsto; brothers Joseph, John, David, Thomas, and Robert. Sr. Carol is survived by her brother, Alfred of Middletown, NY; brother James and sister-in-law Nancy, of Calabash, NC; sister, Sr. Joan Beairsto, O.P. of Sparkill, NY; three sisters-in-laws, Irene, Lois and Phyllis; fifty-four nieces and nephews and more grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Sister Carol is survived by all of her Religious Sisters of the Good Shepherd throughout the world.

The Sisters of the Good Shepherd are extremely grateful to the friends and professionals who accompanied Sr. Carol during her illness with MSA Parkinsons. She had an incredible spirit throughout and lived each day fully despite her physical challenges. A special thanks to Dr. Marianne Roosels, Red Bank, Dr. Rivka Sachdev, Neurologist at Beth Israel, NYC, The Christian Brothers and staff at De La Salle Hall, Lincroft, medical asst. Judy Sulewski, personal aides Addie Jones, Mercy Oppong, social worker Liz and Nurse Diane all from Griswold Home Care, health care aide Justine McKenzie. A very special thank you to faithful friend and spiritual companion, Fr. Ron Cioffi.

Visitation on Friday, April 28th from 3-7 PM at the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Convent Chapel, Morganville. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Clements Church in Matawan, NJ on Saturday April 29th at 2pm. Interment will follow at the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Rest Hill Cemetery, Morganville. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Collier Youth Services, 160 Conover Road, Wickatunk, NJ 07765. To share photos, leave a condolence, or find directions visit
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 26, 2017
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