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Sister DeSales McNamee

AGE: 86 •

A Memorial Mass for Sister DeSales McNamee, D.C., will be celebrated on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 10:00 at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Wilmington, Del. A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister was celebrated December 5 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Md. Burial followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Emmitsburg. Sister DeSales died November 30, 2015, at Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg. She was 86 years of age and 64 years vocation.

Born in Philadelphia, Penn., on August 12, 1929, Sister DeSales (baptized Anne McNamee) was the youngest of four children born to John and Mary (Issertell) McNamee. Sister graduated from West Philadelphia Catholic Girls' High School in 1948 and entered the Daughters of Charity in December of 1950.

Sister DeSales earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg, Md., in 1967; she earned her Master of Arts Degree in Business Administration from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1979.

After initial formation, Sister DeSales served at St. John's School in Baltimore, Md., (1952 - 1954); St. Charles School in Pikesville, Md., (1954 - 1957); St. Michael School in Overlea, Md., (1957 - 1966); St. Paul's School in Portsmouth, Va., (1966 - 1968); Utica Catholic Academy in Utica, N.Y., (1968 - 1972); and St. Mark's High School in Wilmington, Del., (1972 - 1987), where Sister served as the Local Community Superior there from 1983 - 1987; DePaul Provincial House in Albany, N.Y., as Provincial Secretary (1987 - 1995); and in Ministry at the Cathedral Parish of St. Peter in Wilmington (1995 to 2014). Sister DeSales entered the Ministry of Prayer at Villa St. Michael at the end of July 2014 and continued in this ministry until the time of her death.

Sister DeSales was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings: Virginia M. Van Belle, Mary Fogarty, and Bernard McNamee. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Sisters in Community. Donations in Sister's memory may be made to the Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise, 4330 Olive Street, St. Louis, Mo., 63108.

Published in The News Journal on Dec. 7, 2015
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