Sister Nancy Perlick R.S.M.
Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home
4800 East Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ
Perlick, Sister Nancy, R.S.M.
in Phoenix on December 11 at the age of 71. Born in Chicago, the oldest of three children of Gene R. Perlick and Joanne Olender Perlick, Nancy and her family moved to the Los Angeles area where she attended St. Paul's High School in Santa Fe Springs. After graduating, Nancy entered the Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame in 1963 and professed vows in 1966. She received a B.S. in nursing from the University of San Francisco in 1970 and served in healthcare for the next twenty-five years. She first served as a staff nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix and at Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield; then as supervisor of the acute surgical unit at Mercy Hospital in San Diego. Sister Nancy then spent two years at the University of Washington earning an M.A. in Health Services Administration and Planning in 1983. She returned to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix for two years and then spent the next ten years as an administrator at Barrow Neurological Institute where she implemented many innovative programs and services which remain in place today. She served as president on the Board of Directors for Chandler Regional Hospital and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. She also served on the Finance and Quality committee of both hospitals. She was gifted with great leadership skills, especially in finance and could always see the "big picture". Sister Nancy grew up loving sports and in 1995 she changed direction and began an eighteen-year ministry in education at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix. During these years she lived and worked with the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM) who sponsor the school. Sister Nancy served as Associate Director of Activities and Athletics, Director of Institutional Advancement, and on the school facilities and construction committees. Sister Nancy also served on several diocesan committees including Council on Religious Life, Future Schools Task Force and as President of the Diocesan School Board. She was often called on by the Sisters of Mercy to organize and give presentations at community meetings, and for many years she oversaw the scheduling and maintenance for Marywood, the sisters' vacation house in Prescott. Sister Nancy was a person of extraordinary ability and energy; she was incisive, witty, practical and compassionate. She is survived by her sister Cynthia Hoffman, her brother Terry Perlick, their families, and her loving community of the Sisters of Mercy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18 at St. Francis Xavier Church, 4715 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, followed by a reception at Xavier College Preparatory Founders Hall. Private burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010, or to the Sister Nancy Perlick Scholarship Fund, Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N. Fifth Street, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Published by The Arizona Republic from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2015.
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Mass of Christian Burial
St. Francis Xavier Church
4715 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
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I am so grateful this memorial opportunity has been offered for a very special woman of Mercy. I never realized her sphere of influence until her death but my special memories were our shared alma mater, St. Paul High School, her faithful support of St. Paul and her friendship with cards for birthdays and holidays. I believe she continues to watch over her loved ones and we were so blessed to have had her in our lives. You are still missed and loved. Blessings to her family.
Sister Beatrice M. Garcia, RSM
December 11, 2020
Sr. Nancy will be remembered at St. Paul High School by all her classmates and those of us who met her and those of us in the Office of Advancement where is faithfully gave back to her Alma Mater. Libby Lafferty and her St. Paul Family
Libby Lafferty
January 4, 2016
Sr. Beatrice Garcia, RSM
December 31, 2015
It is hard to put into words the kindness, wisdom, merciful life Nancy shared so simply with me in the last years. We shared a love of our alma mater, St. Paul, and I think this along with our shared ministry of education opened her life to me in simple ways. I will miss the remembrances of special days, her laugh and dry humor. We have been so blessed to have shared this life with her. She is the best and heaven is all the richer for her presence now. You will be greatly missed.
Sister Beatrice Garcia, RSM
December 31, 2015
There will never be another. We are all richer because of her.
Rosanne McGrath
Rosanne McGrath
December 22, 2015
Dear Perlick Family,

Please accept my thoughts and prayers. As some have already mentioned, Nancy was a bright light and used her talents to accomplish much good during her time with us. I knew Nancy during her Novitiate years.
Diane Fahrner
December 19, 2015
Thank you Nancy for you faithful loving and service.
Joan Griffin
December 18, 2015
Nancy and I go way back to Freshman year in high school, the list of memories is a litany......fondest memory was the privilege of attending her Silver Jubilee of Religious Profession as a Sister of Mercy......and our class reunions too.
Truly a remarkable women of God and a great friend,
Denise Lawhead
December 18, 2015
To the Sisters of Mercy and the BVM Sisters and faculty at Xavier High School I offer my condolences upon the passing of Sister Nancy Perlick. She was a woman of enormous talent and dry wit who demonstrated strong leadership skills. We worked together at St. Joe's Hospital in Phoenix as well as on the Board of Mercy Housing SW. I will miss her greatly.
Jovanna Stein, O.P.
December 18, 2015
Sister Nancy you were a true friend. A joy to work with, always a smile.
Sandy and Gerry Seaquist
December 18, 2015
To Sisters of Mercy, friends, and family of Sr. Nancy,
My prayers and care join yours during this time. I first met Nancy as a convener for the Consultation Network in Phoenix, a planned trip to visit my Aunt who was experiencing declining health. Nancy's welcome, with her 'little pup'', of Mercy's hospitality and her treasured stories as a nurse colleague touched my heart. During an unexpected health event, Nancy was among the first of newly-made WMW friends to send an e-mail and continued this practice weekly until treatments were completed. Our paths crossed through e-cards and notes this past year -- in a Spirit of Mercy and deep gratitude. Thank you to those who cared for her as she journeyed home to God and to those who caringly captured her life story into words for many of us to enjoy and treasure!
Sr. Maurita Soukup, RSM
December 18, 2015
Thank you Sr. Nancy for bringing a light to the world and sharing your gifts with us all! You will be missed!
Dr. Hellen Carter
December 18, 2015
Thank you for all that you did for Phoenix Consultation Network meetings. My prayers are with the family and the Mercy community.
Cathy Colby, Associate
December 17, 2015
May your soul rest in God's peace dear Sr. Nancy. A faithful servant you have been. My condolences to your family.

Marcel Viens
St. Paul High School Alumnus
Mercy Associate
Marcel Viens
December 17, 2015
Thank you for your dedication and sense of purpose. My sympathies to all the Srs. of Mercy, especially to those in the Phoenix area
Sister Maura Power
December 17, 2015
May you rest in Peace.
LORRAINE Pagan ( Mercy Associate)
December 17, 2015
I will miss Nancy's friendship, sense of humor and leadership of Consultation Network Group.
Bernadette Hart
December 17, 2015
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