May Her Soul Rest In Peace

Age 94 

Sister Mary Seton Fanning, SC

Sister Mary Seton Fanning, (nee Eleanor) was born on December 18, 1919 in Staten Island, the daughter of Patrick and Ellen O'Malley Fanning. Eleanor attended St. Peter's Elementary and High School before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1938. Sister Seton earned a BA in English from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in Education from Richmond College, and an MS in Religious Education from Fordham University. She later earned NYS permanent certification in English and Spanish education.

Sister Seton's many years of ministry in education began at Saints Peter and Paul in the Bronx, followed by assignments at Our Lady of Mercy, Port Chester, St. Peter's, Yonkers, and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale. She then returned to Staten Island, teaching at Immaculate Conception, St. Mary, Rosebank, Blessed Sacrament, and Assumption. In the 1980s Sister Seton worked in the New York City Public School system and the Caring Community, a seniors program in Greenwich Village.

In 1991 Sister Seton auditioned and was chosen for a guest role in the play Nunsense. Part of the proceeds she received for her role was donated to our Senior Sisters Fund. Her performances were thoroughly enjoyed by those fortunate enough to catch her on stage. Sister Seton's talent extended beyond the theatrical into the world of music; she was a talented harmonica player and performed at many occasions. In 2003 she won a prize at a Senior Talent Show at the Third Avenue Street Festival, playing a harmonica medley of old folk tunes. In response to a survey question asking what she felt the significance of her work to the community in which she serves, Sister Seton said, "I am attesting to the fact that a life of faith in God and in humanity, lived in the light of the Gospel, is not only possible, but gives a special quality to life, making hope and love daily experiences."

Sister Seton was certainly a loving individual who enjoyed sharing her giftedness with all of God's people. May your joy be ever full, Sister Seton, as you meet your God face to face.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Age: 94
75 years of commitment as a Sister of Charity of New York

Convent of Mary the Queen
Sunday, January 13
2:00 – 8:00 pm
Prayer Service: 6:30 pm

Convent of Mary the Queen
Monday, January 14
9:30 am

Saint Joseph Cemetery
Yonkers, NY


•Sts. Peter and Paul 1940–47, Teacher, Gr. 1,2,3,5,6

•Our Lady of Mercy, Port Chester 1947–50, Teacher, Gr. 7
•St. Peter's, Yonkers 1950–54, Teacher, Gr. 6,7
•Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale 1954–57, Teacher, Gr. 7

Staten Island
•Immaculate Conception 1957–65, Teacher, Gr. 5, 6
•St. Mary, Rosebank 1967–70, Teacher, Gr. 6
•Blessed Sacrament 1970–72, Teacher, Gr. 6, CCD Gr. 5,6
•Mt. Carmel/St. Benedict 1972–75, Teacher, Gr. 5,6
•Assumption 1975–77, Teacher, Gr. 5

•Epiphany 1965–67, Teacher, Gr. 7, 8.

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