OBITUARY

Sister Anne Schenck, CSJ

23 October, 193117 February, 2021

Sister Anne Schenck, CSJ

Sister Anne Schenck, CSJ (formerly Catherine Anne [Kay]) died peacefully at St. Joseph’s Residence, 2 O’Connor Drive, Toronto Ontario on February 17, 2021 in the 68th year of her religious life.

Sister Anne was predeceased by her parents, Louis M. Schenck and Anne B. (Flynn) Schenck, her brothers Louis J. and John T. and her sister Mary (Schenck) Brennan. Sister Anne is survived by her sisters Gretchen (Walsh), Joanne (Diamond), and Margaret (Sawchuck). She will be sadly missed by her family, friends and Sisters in community.

Sister Anne grew up in St. Catharines of Alexandria Parish, in St. Catharines. She attended St. Joseph’s Convent School, St. Catharines School and St. Catharines Collegiate. She obtained her B.A. in 1952 at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. Sister Anne spent many years in the field of education both as a teacher and a principal. She brought energy and a love for sports to St. Joseph’s High School in Barrie; St. Joseph’s College School and St. Joseph’s Morrow Park in Toronto; St. Patrick’s High School in Vancouver and Paul Dwyer Catholic High School in Oshawa.

After her years in education, Sister Anne turned her many skills and passion to assisting refugees and immigrants. She was administrator at Herron Place Refugee Centre. She founded the Toronto Furniture Bank, which was formally incorporated in 1998 and until her recent illness was a devoted volunteer in Becoming Neighbours where she accompanied immigrants and refugees. Whatever Sister Anne did, whether with students, staff in schools, or her work with refugees, she did it with energy, compassion and joy.

Due to the pandemic, there will be a Mass of Christian Burial at a later date.

There will be a private Interment on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fontbonne Ministries 101 Thorncliffe Park Drive, Toronto, ON M4H 1M2

Services

  • Private Interment - Holy Cross Cemetery

    Saturday, 20 February , 2021

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Laraine McMahon-Nelson

February 28, 2021

Sister Anne was my principal at St. Joseph’s Morrow Park. I was a very young teacher and I always felt her support. She even put in a good word for me years later when I came back to teaching. My heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. She was a wonderful woman.

rauni wainman

February 26, 2021

Sister Anne was a well loved principal and boss. I was a secretary/bursar at SJMP.
During my interview one of the last questions she asked was "what religion are you?" When I answered Lutheran, I thought this was the end, but NO she hired me. I was there for 9 years.
Sister Anne was a wonderful person, who completely lived her life as a Christian loving everyone.
She will live in my life as a very special person.
Rauni Wainman Piirainen

Mary Lou Tims

February 21, 2021

I have fond memories of my high school years at St. Joseph's Morrow Park in the 1970's, and Sister Anne was very much a part of my positive experience. She clearly put a lot into being our principal, and I am grateful for all that she did. I continue now to be inspired by her accomplishments and contributions during her so-called retirement years. It is not surprising that this very vibrant woman carried on making a difference when her career in the education system concluded. May God bless her. My condolences to Sister Anne's family and to the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Kim Fountain

February 19, 2021

Sister Anne was my principal at Dwyer in the late 1970's. She caught me smoking in the bathroom. She was kind and a truly good person

Wayne Smith

February 19, 2021

I worked for Sister Anne at Furniture Bank. It was a privilege to know this wonderful lady!

Teri Normoyle

February 19, 2021

Sister Anne was my first Principal at Msgr. Paul Dwyer CHS in Oshawa. She always had a smile and took a positive attitude about everything. She gave her teachers confidence and one always knew that she wanted us to succeed. She always supported her teachers. While Sister Anne was the Principal, there was no doubt that this was a Catholic High School with daily prayers and frequent school Masses. Even after her retirement from education she worked tirelessly for refugees and immigrants. She was such an inspiration in all she did and who she was. She was greatly respected and loved and will be greatly missed.

Jennifer Startek

February 19, 2021

It is so heartwarming to read all of the messages left by former students and teachers at Dwyer. Clearly Sister Anne left an indelible mark on all of us and she will be missed.

Mary Ann (McGroarty) Gallacher

February 19, 2021

Rest in Peace, Sister Anne. Fondly remembered for your sparkling eyes, warm smile and encouraging spirit. A rush of excitement always accompanied your classroom entrance at St. Joseph's College School. Your teaching was infused with a love of life and learning. It was an honour to work under your supervision at St. Joseph's Morrow Park. Thank you, "Twinkle Toes" for inspiring a generation of young women.

Anne Brady

February 18, 2021

Sister Anne was my principal at Paul Dwyer in Oshawa. She encouraged me to seek positions of responsibility for which I was always grateful. We stayed in touch after she left Oshawa and eventually we became good friends. She was always genuinely honest and passionate about all she did. She never walked away from a challenge, no matter how difficult, if she felt she was bettering the life of another. We truly need more Sister Annes in this world of ours.

Ruth Nicholls

February 18, 2021

I first knew Sister Anne as my principal at Paul Dwyer. There she became my mentor encouraging me to become department head at Dwyer, to move to a new school, and really to assume any leadership role I wanted. After Sister left Dwyer she became my lifetime friend. She has always inspired me to be more caring especially for the vulnerable, to live with courage and conviction and to grow in my faith. This truly remarkable woman of faith will be deeply missed!

FROM THE FAMILY