Philipstown Obituaries

Sister Murtagh

Sister Ann Murtagh (1928-2017)

Sister Ann Murtagh, 89, who served as principal of the former Our Lady of Loretto School in Cold Spring from 1972 to 1976, died Dec. 6, 2017.

She was born Oct. 13, 1928, in Manhattan.

Sister Ann earned her bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education from Fordham University. At age 20, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. She professed Final Vows on July 14, 1955.

For the past 20 years, Sr. Ann volunteered at Clove Lakes Health in the pastoral department, along with her twin sister, Mary, who was director of pastoral services. Prior to Clove Lakes, Sister served God in various locations and capacities on Staten Island and in Pelham, Yonkers, Tuckahoe, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and South Amboy, New Jersey.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mildred Murtagh. Her sister, Sister Mary Murtagh, died on Jan. 11.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 11 at St. Teresa’s Church on Staten Island, with interment in the Cemetery of the Immaculate Virgin on the Grounds of Mt. Loretto. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (

Brother Francis Rene Papineau

Brother Francis René Papineau, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, died Dec. 1, 2017. He was born in 1927.

A funeral mass was held on Dec. 6 at the St. Paul Friary Chapel at Graymoor in Garrison, with interment in the friars’ cemetery.

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