Sister Mary Jane Card
August 19, 1921 ~ November 28, 2015
Sister Mary Jane Card (Maria Germaine ) 94, of the Sisters of Mercy died peacefully on Saturday (November 28, 2015) at Notre Dame Convalescent Home, Norwalk. Born in Wilton, on August 19, 1921 of the late Leon and Elizabeth (Troy) Card, she was the fourth of 11 children. Sister entered the Sisters of Mercy on July 1, 1939 and professed her vows on January 2, 1942. She held a Bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph College, now University of St. Joseph, and a Master’s degree from Fairfield University. She did advanced study in gerontology at University of Colorado. Sister Mary Jane taught for 30 years in parish elementary schools throughout the three CT dioceses. A little known ministry to which she was wholly devoted, giving herself tirelessly, was St. Benedict Interracial Center in the north end of Hartford where she taught religious education, and made home visits to the sick, elderly and poor with compassionate service and care. In later life, Sister explored a variety of ministries. Gifted with keen intelligence, organizational talent and boundless energy, Sister Mary Jane became a published writer, water colorist, successful administrator, retreat house director, therapeutic recreation director and served numerous non- profit organizations as organizer, enthusiastic leader and volunteer continuing through retirement. Her time in ministry can best be measured by the scores of volunteers she so ably enlisted to advance the cause of Mercy service. In her own words, “I have had a beautiful, fulfilling Mercy life; I loved every one of the ministries that called to me.” Sister Mary Jane was greatly respected for her creative talent and dedicated service to the underserved by her sisters in the Mercy community. Sister Mary Jane is survived by her brother Santa and wife Ann Card, their children, John, Ann Elizabeth and Joseph, additional nephews and nieces including Philip and Larry Card, Dolores Johnson and especially Everett, who visited Sister Mary Jane weekly for several years, and by her community of the Sisters of Mercy. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, December 4th at 12:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 229 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT preceded by calling hours beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the church. Burial will take place on Monday, December 7th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Cemetery, 2021 Albany Ave. West Hartford, CT. Those wishing to make a donation in Sister’s memory are asked to consider Sisters of Mercy, 55 E. Cedar Street, Newington, CT 06111. Collins Funeral Home, Norwalk has care of the arrangements.