Sister Mary Gertrude, age 99, went home peacefully to God, December 7, 2018 at the Franciscan Villa in Syracuse, NY. She was born in Ogdensburg, N.Y. to Francis and Clara O’Neil Dumas and lived her life as a Sister of St. Francis for 73 years. Sister graduated from the College of Nursing at Champlain Valley Hospital in Champlain, NY, where she also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Neo-Natal Nursing. Post graduate work at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse led to her certification in Obstetric Nursing. She also earned certification in Clinical Pastoral Education from the Andover Newton Theological School.
Sister served as Head Nurse and Director of the Special Care Nursery at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica, NY and at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY for 29 years. She was also a nurse and Director of Spiritual Care for 25 years in Auburn Hospital, Auburn, NY.
Sister Mary Gertrude gave many years of devoted service to her community. She will certainly be remembered for her kindness, compassion and vision. She was loved, admired and respected for her dedication to the babies under her care, their mothers, nurses and patients throughout the hospitals where she served.
Sister was predeceased by her brother Francis Dumas and two sisters, Clara Stearns and Margaret Aubrey. She is survived by nieces and nephews, Frank Dumas, Jeffrey Aubrey, Dorinda Hoffman, Barbara, Bridget and Linda Koenig, and several great nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of St. Francis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the Franciscan Villa Chapel, 6900 Buckley Road, Syracuse, NY, 13212. Calling hours will be from 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm in the Chapel. A cremation will follow Mass and a Rite of Committal will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Mission Advancement Office, 6900 Buckley Rd., Syracuse, NY 13212.