Keough, Sister Susan, 93, formerly Sister Mary Gerald, a Sister of St. Martha of Antigonish, died at Martha Place, Parkland Antigonish on May 5, 2020 in the 67th year of her religious life.
Born in Plate Cove, Newfoundland, Sister Susan was one of seven children of the late William and Johanna (Philpott) Keough.
Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha on August 15, 1951, pronounced her first vows on August 15, 1953 and her perpetual profession of vows on August 15, 1957. After her profession of vows, Sister Susan began her ministry of homemaking, in which she shared and developed a great variety of gifts.
Sister Susan spent most of her years ministering in various institutions operated by the Congregation and in the local Convents and Communities. In Antigonish, Nova Scotia, she served at Bethany; St. Martha’s Hospital; the Bishop’s residence; St. Francis Xavier University; the R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home; and St. Andrews. In Cape Breton, Sr. Susan ministered in St. Peter’s; Dingwall; Bras D’Or; Sydney. She also served at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto, and St. Martha’s Catholic Centre in Boston.
Sr. Susan approached life with a practicality and resourcefulness that was honed by her ministry of homemaking. She shared her gift of creativity in her cooking, sewing, and in the care she took to decorate for feast days and other celebrations. She had a love of nature and enjoyed taking walks until her health made that difficult. A keen and avid reader, Sister Susan could always be counted on to be up to date and informed about a wide range of topics, this was especially evident in the time she spent working at the library in Bethany.
She is survived by her brother Joseph and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brothers Thomas, Richard, William, and James, and by her sister Alma.
The burial will take place in the private cemetery of the Sisters of St. Martha following the recommendations and procedures required during this time of COVID-19.
A Memorial Mass, and celebration of her life will be held at a later date once the doors to Parkland Antigonish can be open to guests.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.L Curry Funeral Services of Antigonish. Online condolences: www.clcurry.com