Sister Teresa Walsh
1942 - 2021
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Sister Teresa Walsh June 2, 2021 Sister Teresa Walsh, CSJ, 78, died on June 2 at Albany Medical Center. Sister Teresa (Nora Teresa Walsh) was born on April 23, 1942, in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland. She was the third oldest in a family of seven girls and three boys. On finishing high school in Castlebar, she decided to accompany her older sister, Mary, to New York. Her plan was to visit relatives, continue schooling, and then return to Ireland. While visiting relatives in Syracuse, Nora Teresa found herself drawn to pursue a dream from her childhood of becoming a sister. She became acquainted with the Sisters of Saint Joseph and began her journey of entering that community. In September of 1960, she entered the community in Albany, NY. In 1963, she made first vows and pronounced final vows in 1968. In March of 2021, she celebrated her sixtieth anniversary of entrance in the community. As a Sister of St. Joseph, Sister Teresa completed a BS in Elementary Education and an MS in Educational Psychology at the College of Saint Rose. In her initial years of ministry, she was a teacher and director of religious education in several parishes of the Albany Diocese. In 1981, Sister Teresa moved to California where she served for more than twenty years in pastoral ministry, ministering with the families and homebound parishioners in a number of parishes. These years serving in multicultural parishes and reaching out in social services were among the high points of her ministry. She engaged in Spanish language studies including time in Mexico to be better able to attend to the people of the area. Her parishioners appreciated Sister Teresa's concern that the Hispanic community be well served. Bilingual religious education became the norm. She directed an ecumenical relief service offering essentials to anyone struggling to survive. Members of the local communities worked to support the outreach activities, actually transporting non-perishable foods, translating for Spanish-speaking recipients, or soliciting contributions from area churches and organizations. When praise or gratitude was directed to her, Sister Teresa always said it was her corps of volunteers who kept the program thriving. Following a sabbatical year of theological study at Weston Theological school in Cambridge and at Chicago Theological Union, Sister Teresa returned to pastoral ministry this time in Decatur, Alabama. Here again she focused on ministering to the needs of all members of the multicultural parish. A priest who had ministered with Teresa was heard to say that she was "the presence of the church in Alabama." Until the restrictions of the pandemic, Sister Teresa's most recent ministry on returning to the Albany area was at Teresian House, Albany. In addition to her parents, John and Nora Roach Walsh, Sister's brother, John Joe Walsh, and sisters, Eileen Walsh and Rose Stevenson predeceased her. Sister is survived by her siblings, Patrick Walsh of Glenashley, South Africa, Tony Walsh of Castlebar of County Mayo, Mary Walsh of Syracuse, NY, Margaret Lawton of Kileagh, County Cork, Agnes Kelly of Ballina, County Mayo, Rita O'Donnail/Mone of County Armagh, her cousin, Mary Ellen Rosch of Liverpool, NY, and the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Sister Teresa's Irish roots, her love of family and nature were exhibited in her gentle, loving presence. Responding to her father's query if she had any regrets about the life she chose, Sister Teresa replied, "If I could have made a blueprint for my life, I couldn't have planned anything better." With continued health concerns and restrictions, attendance at the funeral services for Sister Teresa will be limited to the members of her religious community and her immediate family. Contributions in Sister's memory may be made to: The Office of Mission Advancement, St. Joseph's Provincial House, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY. Please share a memory or offer on-line Condolences by visiting
Published by Syracuse Post Standard from Jun. 7 to Jun. 8, 2021.
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She was a golden light for all who knew her. I miss her
June 20, 2021
Sister Teresa led trips to Ireland, Italy, Scotland and England that my husband and I joined. We teased her that we were her token Methodists. We grew to love her for her humor, gentle demeanor and loving spirit. Our lives were blessed for knowing her. God bless her family and close friends in their grief.
June 10, 2021
Our deepest condolences to Sr Teresa's family & St Joseph Community. We were very saddened to hear of the passing of Sr Teresa. We will pray for all those grieving at this time.
Eimear Mone-Hannon & Leslie Hannon
June 9, 2021
Peace and comfort to Sister Teresa´s family and St. Joseph community. A smiling welcoming face is how I remember Sister Teresa. We talked about my Mom who she visited and made my Mom smile. We also talked about her returning to New York to an area that we had in common. Lord welcome Sister Teresa with open arms and grant her eternal peace. Amen
Donna Underwood
June 8, 2021
The good Sister was a complete human being in all manners and she had a wonderful life serving those she loved everywhere.
MD Wingo
June 8, 2021
We will miss Sr. Teresa so much. We were privileged to accompany her in travels with members of our church. Going to Ireland with her was especially memorable. She made everyone feel special. She always knew just what to say.
Charles and Pat Follin
June 7, 2021
This lady was a saint indeed.
June 7, 2021
We all hope that one could say of us, "The world was a better place because we were in it." Well, that is a fact where Sister Teresa was concerned. As a new Catholic I walked into The Annunciation Of The Lord alone and feeling a bit lost for I had always attended church with my family but my walk with God lead me to the Catholic Church. Sister understood that feeling and would join me on the pew. She was there to help me with my walk in my new found Catholic faith answering questions and always showing the love of Christ in her actions. Sister made you feel cared for and about as well as welcome. I miss her still at Annunciation but continued to stay in touch with her in NY. We could talk for hours about our Catholic faith and of course our mutual love of Ireland. Sister has now received her award for she has seen the face of God. Her goal is achieved. She stayed the course. I will miss her guidance and love in this world but have the promise of seeing her in the next. Peace and blessings on the family. Eternal rest grant unto, Sister Teresa, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May She Rest In Peace . Amen
Teresa Ann Hairrell
June 6, 2021
Teresa Ann Hairrell
June 6, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Joseph & Rosine Christophe
June 6, 2021
We loved Sr. Teresa. She led the class in Decatur AL when my husband became Catholic on our 35th anniversary. May she Rest In Peace.
Marsha and Dave Burchfield
June 6, 2021