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Sr. Monica Rose Mary Josephine Spearin

November 7, 1924January 18, 2020

Spearin, Sister Monica (Rose Mary Josephine), IBVM, died peacefully at Presentation Manor, Toronto on January 18, 2020. Sister Monica was in her 76th year as a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto Sisters). Daughter of the late George Francis Spearin and Amelia Mary Curtis. Predeceased by her brother Dr. George Curtis Spearin. She is survived by her nephew Paul Spearin and his wife Lisa, Mark Spearin, Ted Spearin and his wife Laurie, nieces Mary-Jo and Jayne as well as many great nieces, nephews and her Sisters in community. Sister Monica was a longtime Principal and Teacher in Toronto, Guelph, Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Regina, Estevan, was elected to be on the Catholic School Board and served in various leadership positions during her service with the Loretto Sisters. Friends may call at the Presentation Manor (61 Fairfax Cr, Toronto) on Monday, January 27th from 10 am until time of the funeral mass at 11 am. Interment to follow in Mount Hope Cemetery.


  • Funeral Mass Monday, January 27, 2020
  • Interment Monday, January 27, 2020


Sr. Monica Rose Mary Josephine Spearin

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Wendy Small

January 30, 2020

I remember many visits with Sister Monica in Toronto and Barrie. She possessed a fun loving spirit and shared many lively stories with Molly and me. Love to all of the Spearins. Wendy Small (Whelan).

Ted Spearin

January 27, 2020

Aunt Monica, thanks for helping four generations of Spearin kids grow up and mature.

The first generation you helped was your own -our dad, Curtis. Growing up motherless in the 1930's was undoubtedly tough, and you helped make sure dad was a good man. Thanks. I remember, more than once, you having to clue dad in to something requiring street-knowledge, or perhaps a smart woman's intuition.

For the second generation, you helped me to be a nephew that always felt comfortable and relaxed joking with you. You always picked up on my quirky humour and returned something witty in kind. For years, I told fellow students that St Monica's elementary school was named after you, when the family gave the land to the Catholic School Board. With Mary being one of your names, I could have also claimed St Mary's church for you too, had I realized. We all thought you were definitely one of the better drivers in the family. Driving pretty much anyone, anywhere, anytime, in almost any conditions. I remember some stories. Visiting you at the Abbey was always a visual pleasure. In addition to architecture, I liked seeing the way you were a key figure in helping run the place, and your sense of place. They were your real family in so many ways.

I can say for the third generation, that my kids will always remember their sense of amazement at the Abbey and Christmastime in Barrie, wearing the silly paper crowns that come out of the 'crackers'. This is probably also the case for the fouth generation, Ashley and Cara's children.

Deciding to move away from Ontario had the obvious drawback that our time together was limited to periodic visits. In some ways that make the memories stronger. As stated below, spunk and laughter are the proper words to describe you, and remember you by. Now is your time to rest and peace be with you. Love always, Ted

St. Monica’s Community Barrie

January 26, 2020

Sr. Monica,
Today we remember and offer prayers of gratitude from a school named in your honour, which stands on lands donated to the Simcoe County Roman Catholic School Board by your family. You were there with us to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2009. Our history is remembered and shared, and you Sr. Monica are an important part of it. From the St. Monica’s Catholic school community, both retired and active members, we offer our prayers of gratitude. May the angels guide you to your eternal home.

Walterine King

January 26, 2020

My heartfelt sympathy to, Sr. Monica's family, and her community. I have pleasant memories of Sr.Monica, when I worked at the Infirmary. Just know another star is shining in Heaven. May you know of the comfort, and peace of God.

May she rest in peace

Love and prayers, Walterine

Patty Page

January 23, 2020

My sincere condolences to Sister Monica’s family. Sister Monica was a lovely, gracious, empathetic person. She had a passion for life and animals. She was in love with my Dog Oliver who came on a weekly basis to see Sister Monica at the day program. Everybody at the Abbey knew Oliver. She was a great teacher who always would think outside the box. I cherish the memories I have of Sister Monica. We had a lot of laughs over coffee and our lunch time walks. I will miss her spunk and laughter. She was my guiding light but will live on in my heart forever Patty Page