Great sadness at loss of kind-hearted Sr. Laboure

A SENSE of deep regret and great loss has been felt at the recent death of Sister Laboure Cuddihy of the St John of God Convent, Newtown Road, Wexford.

Sr Laboure, aged 97, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 8, surrounded by her community.

Sr Laboure was a native of Garryduff, Owning, Co Kilkenny. One of seven children, she was the daughter of Mary and Andrew Cuddihy.

As a young girl she attended St John of God School in Owning and at the age of 18 she entered the Novitiate of that organisation in Wexford town.

Two other sisters, Sisters Idus and Anne, also entered the St John of God Congregation in Perth, Western Australia.

During her life, Sr Laboure showed a caring concern for all to whom she ministered in the various houses of the congregation in Torquay, Maypark, Waterford, Kilmore and the Novitiate in Wexford.

She had a droll sense of humour and a generous heart that endeared her to many friends. She retired to Wexford Convent in 1991, but continued to play an active role in the community there for several more years.

In recent times, Sr Laboure experienced the weakness of old age, but was patient, gentle and always grateful for the many kindnesses shown to her. She loved the daily visits from the Sisters and also enjoyed visits from her family and friends from Kilmore.

Sr Laboure's funeral Mass took place on Friday, June 10, at the St John of God Convent. Her remains were interred in the convent cemetery.

She will be greatly missed by her sisterin-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, her extended family, her community and her many friends. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

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