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Obituary - Sister Anastasia Mary Tierney (Mary Bridget)

WINOOSKI – Sister of Providence Mary Bridget Tierney, 88, died May 31 at Our Lady of Providence Residence.

Anastasia Mary Tierney was born Sept. 6, 1927, in Burlington and was adopted.

When Anastasia was 11, the family broke up, and she was placed in St. Joseph's Orphanage in Burlington. She entered the postulate of the Sisters of Providence in Montreal in 1947 and pronounced her temporary vows in 1949, receiving the name of Sister Mary Bridget and pronounced her perpetual vows on in 1952.

Her ministerial life began in 1949 when she arrived at Maryville Academy in Des Plains, Ill., where she taught for the next six years in secondary school. From 1955-1957, she was a student at the College of Great Falls in Great Falls, Mont., where she earned a bachelor's degree in science.

In 1957, Sister Tierney returned to Maryville Academy where she resumed her ministry of secondary education. After nine years, she came to Vermont where she taught a year at St. Francis Xavier School Winooski and then, in 1967, returned to secondary education at Maryville Academy. In 1970, she returned to Winooski, and enrolled in university courses in science and biology at the University of Vermont. By 1971, she was teaching sciences at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington.

In 1977, issues with her health required time for convalescence. She later took responsibility for the care and management of the printers at the diocesan headquarters in Burlington, and she established procedures for the mail, served in the reception area and supervised the Religious Education Library.

In 2005, Sister Tierney became responsible for the reorganization of the library at Our Lady of Providence in Winooski.

She is survived by her brother and his wife, Charles and Lucy Hagget, nieces Shirley Hagget and Debby and Kehl Berry, and her cousins Betty Preston and Ruth Stewart.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 7 at Our Lady of Providence Residence with Father Paul Houde presiding. Internment followed in the Sisters of Providence plot at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.

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