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Sister Gertrude Connolly

December 06, 1926 - September 21, 2016


September 22, 2016
6:00pm - 7:00pm with a Funeral Vigil at 7:00pm

Sacred Heart Convent Chapel Fargo, ND

Funeral Vigil

September 22, 2016
- 7:00pm

Sacred Heart Convent Chapel

Mass of Christian Burial

September 23, 2016
- 10:00am

Sacred Heart Convent Chapel


Boulger Funeral Home

Sister Gertrude Connolly

December 06, 1926 - September 21, 2016


Sr. Gertrude Connolly went to meet her Beloved on September 21, 2016. Sister Gertrude was born in County Roscommon, Ireland on December 6, 1926. She was the eldest of five children. She received her primary, secondary, and college education in Ireland. In 1980 she graduated from the University of San Francisco with an M.A. in Religious Studies. She became an American citizen on August 1, 1985.

On October 3, 1945 she entered the Congregation of Presentation Sisters in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. She made her profession of vows on September 6, 1948, in Mount St. Anne’s, Killenard, Portarlington, County Laois, Ireland. For the next 20 years she was committed to primary school education as teacher and principal. In 1968 she was elected to the office of General Administration of the Presentation Sisters in the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. She was the chairperson of the Central Coordinating Committee for the formation of a worldwide Union of Presentation Sisters – which was formed in 1976. In April 1977 she arrived in the St. Adelaide’s Convent, Highland, CA where she was the coordinator of the Religious Education Program, taught in St. Adelaide School and worked as a volunteer at Patton State Prison Hospital. During the following years she ministered as Pastoral Associate for Adult Education at St. Robert’s Church, San Bruno, CA and in St. John’s Parish, San Lorenzo, CA. In 2012 when she became aware of the Fusion of the Congregation of Presentation Sisters Fargo and the Congregation of Union of Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she moved to Fargo, ND.

Sr. Gertrude is preceded in death by her parents Margaret Earley and Martin Connolly; her brother, John and sisters Clare and Frances. She is survived by her sister, Catherine and brother in law, Chris, numerous nieces and nephews and her Presentation family.

Visitation: 6:00 PM Thursday, September 22, followed by wake service at 7:00 PM at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Fargo, ND.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:00 AM Friday, September 23, at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Fargo, ND.



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6 responses to “Sister Gertrude Connolly”

  1. Peter Burns says:

    Gertrude, may you rest in Peace. I have many fond memories of great conversations on Sunday afternoons after mass in San Lorenzo. I have no doubt that you will guide us all on the right path. RIP.

  2. D Chambers says:

    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one, please accept my condolences during this painful time. Losing a loved one is distressing and as comfort is needed from family and friends, it is my hope your family will find comforting the promise at Isaiah 25:8 where we are assured that soon “death will be swallowed up forever.” It is my hope your family will find the strength to endure during the days ahead.

  3. Jennifer Illich says:

    Some people bring joy to your heart without knowing it. St. Gertrude did this for me. During my short visits with her, she always made me feel appreciated for the work I was doing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Jennier

  4. Derek Fahy says:

    It is with a tear in my eye but with a smile in my heart with happy memories of you I leave this message.
    You always promised to storm Heaven for us all, Blessed to have know you.
    May you rest in Peace.

  5. Christopher Archbold Jr. says:

    Dear Sister Gertrude,
    Thank you for all the prayers comfort and caring you have provided to so many through out your life. Thank you for being so noble as to be much more concerned about the well being of others than yourself. When you came down with cancer and I reached out to you. You said to me, “I will pray for you.” Thank you for being so strong. Thank you for praying for me.
    Rest in Peace.

  6. Catherine and Christopher Archbold says:

    Gertrude, words cannot express how sad we feel at your passing nor overlook the joy when you were with us. We join with our family, friends and neighbors past and present to mourn your passing. Thank you for embracing all the extended family and there friends. The love you have extended continues to grow. My two beloved grand children are saddened at your passing. We hope that you will intercede on their behalf now and in the future. Our sons’, Michael and Chris, will always miss your friendship and kindness. We hope that you will intercede for their happiness, health and success. Needless to mention, our loving parents are always in our thoughts. Gertrude, you are the brightest star on our horizon. Send regards and love to all our friends and family who are still with us and also those that have passed before us. XXXXXXOOOOOOO
    From, Catherine and Christopher

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