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Sister Joan Marie Curley, CSJ

Latham-Sister Joan Marie Curley, CSJ (Sister Richarda William), 84, died Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, NY. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 65 years. Sister Joan was born in Troy, NY, on June 17, 1936, daughter of the late Henry and Irene Kitson Curley. After graduating from Catholic Central High School, Troy, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 19, 1955 and professed final vows on August 6, 1962. Sister Joan received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in special education, and educational leadership and administration certification, all from The College of Saint Rose; In addition, she received a master’s degree in pastoral leadership from St. Louis University. For 25 years, Sister Joan served in the ministry of education as teacher and principal in schools of the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. She also was a teacher in the Readiness Program at the Cerebral Palsy Center in Albany (now the Center for Disability Services). In 1983, after completing her studies at St. Louis University, Sister Joan began her ministry in pastoral leadership roles in Cartersville, GA, and Schoharie, NY. In Schoharie, she was the first woman religious in the Albany Diocese to serve as a parish life director, a position she held at St. Joseph’s Parish for 25 years. In Sister Joan’s 25 years in the field of education, she served both as teacher and as principal. As teacher, she was keenly aware of engaging her students in learning about their subject material and their faith. As principal, she knew her role was to go beyond particular subject areas and lead students, teachers and staff in witnessing to their faith and reflecting the Gospel values of Jesus into their daily lives. When Sister Joan began her role as a parish life director, she saw strong connections between that new ministry and her role as a teacher and school administrator. Both required excellent organizational and leadership skills, an open, friendly and welcoming attitude, a faith rooted in Gospel values and a dedication to developing and living a pastoral value and mission in a collaborative style. Sister Joan was blessed with these gifts, and she successfully provided for the overall day-to-day pastoral care and administration of St. Joseph’s Parish in Schoharie for 25 years. True to her call as a Sister of St. Joseph, Sister Joan was also a unifying presence within the entire faith community of Schoharie County. She lived her life willing to take risks for the sake of the Gospel, and her legacy will live on. Sister Joan is survived by her brother, Richard O. Curley and his family, of South Padre Island, TX, and Huletts Landing, NY; many friends; and the Sisters of St. Joseph. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her dear friend, Sister Rose Marie Cardillo, CSJ, who died in 2004. Due to the continued health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public funeral services for Sister Joan at this time. A Memorial Mass will be scheduled at a later date. For online condolences please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com

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So sad to read of Sister Joan's passing. I just loved her!! I would love to attend her memorial mass. I hope there is a way that I will find out about it. I am so so sorry for your loss!!

Michelle Dunavin Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Richard and Family,Sister Joan was one of my first principals when I started teaching in 1978 at St Josephs School in Troy.She was a brilliant administrator and was a great memtor. Her leadership skills, love for her students and staff, and her sense of humor will always be appreciated. She was a special person, and I will always have a spot in my heart for her. Sending lots of love and sympathy to you and your family.Donna Langley-Peck

Donna Langley-Peck Dec 30 2020 12:00 AM

Our family has wonderful memories of Sister Joan when she was Principal at St. Josephs School, in Troy. Her kindness, love of children, and sense of humor, was always evident, as she conducted her life, and will never be forgotten. Rest in heavenly peace, Sister Joan. God bless you!

Frank and Gail Rinaldi Dec 30 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear about Sister Joan, she will be surely missed by everyone that knew and love her! Loved her sense of humor, she was a lot of fun. Missed and loved, God Bless!

Claudette Wainwright Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

Rest In Peace Sr. Joan. Fondly treasure our times together, and hanging your ornament on the tree each year.

Theresa Olsen Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Sister Joan"s passing...She brought great leadership and compassion to the valley of Schoharie.She deserved to be able to continue in her role as the leader of the St Joseph"s parish.She was a wonderful person with a great smile and sense of humor.Rest in peace... Fondly, Rosalita Coons

rosalita coons Dec 29 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Richard and family, We are so sorry to hear of Joan's passing. We have fond memories of Joan and the good times we had together. Joan will live on in our hearts forever. Sincerely, Mary Ann Cardillo Fitzgerald

Mary Ann Fitzgerald Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM

Sister Joan holds a very special place in the hearts of my family members. She also was a very big part of the Schoharie Community. She was dearly missed when necessity dictated that she move to Latham, and we will miss her again now.

Kathleen J Slater Dec 28 2020 12:00 AM

I'm sadden by SisterJoan's passing she was a very sweet and funny Sister she will truly be missed by all at the Provisional house God Bless you my friend I will miss you were well loved by us all

joseph Dec 27 2020 12:00 AM

RIP Sister Joan

joseph Dec 27 2020 12:00 AM

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