Sister Ruth McDonnell, F.S.P.


Sister Ruth McDonnell, F.S.P., who served at Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale for 28 years, died Dec. 20 at St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry. She was 92.

Sister Ruth was at Maria Regina as a teacher and chairperson of the language department, 1986-2011, and as a part-time teacher, 2011-2014. She taught at Franciscan High School, Mohegan Lake, 1974-1986, and Ladycliff Academy, Mohegan Lake, 1955-1965. She also served in New Jersey.

Born in New York City, she entered the Franciscan Sisters of Peekskill in 1953 and professed final vows in 1960. She was a founding member of the Franciscan Sisters of Peace in 1986.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College, Manhattan; and a master’s from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Marian Woods Chapel, Hartsdale. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Yonkers.

Sister Ruth McDonnell, F.S.P.