Sister Sylvia Jordan

sister sylvia jordan
Sister Sylvia Jordan died August 11, 2018 at Villa Maria Nursing Home in Fargo. She was born in Galway, Ireland to Stephen and Elsie (Haverty) Jordan on August 24, 1927 one of eleven children. At the age of 20 she traveled to the United States and entered the religious congregation of the Union of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fargo, ND. She professed vows in 1950 and served the community for over 78 years. While her ministry was primarily education with young children whom she loved dearly, another great love was storytelling. Her teaching included assignments at St. Mary’s, St. Anthony’s, Holy Spirit and Nativity Catholic schools in Fargo as well as St. James Academy in New Rockford, St. Alphonsus in Langdon. She also taught music at Sacred Heart Convent and managed the fleet of cars used by the sisters. Her parents and nine of her siblings preceded her in death. Sister Mary is survived by her sister, Anne Walsh in Galway, Ireland, nieces and nephews and her sisters in religious life.

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  1. Sr. Sylvia will always be remembered as my very first music teacher at Holy Spirit School in Fargo. I always enjoyed visiting with her in my adult years as well. May she experience half of the joy that she always brought to others! Rest in God’s loving arms my beloved Sister.

  2. I will miss hearing her hearty laugh, and her sweet Irish accent when I go to Villa Maria. She was one of the greatest joys of mine when I would get her up in the mornings when I got to work with her. Her passing has left a big hole at Villa.
    Chris M.

  3. Sister Sylvia, you have been an inspiration to all people you have touched with your sense of humor, words of Wisdom and Compassion.

  4. Always enjoyed working with Sister Sylvia, during my years at Riverview. She did so much for so many.

  5. Sr. Sylvia, I have so many memories related to you. What a joy it was to have you as a part of my life. You will continue to live on in the many memories we have. Peace to you and all you have touched.

  6. Many fond memories of sister Sylvia at Saint Anthony’s and in later years seeing her at the convent and around town. She always had a warm smile and a twinkle in her eye! Thank you sister!

  7. I was blessed to have Sister as part of my village growing up at St Anthony’s and spending time at the convent in her presence.God bless this wonderful women.

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