On April 1, Sister Sheila FitzSimons of the Sisters of Providence died at the congregation’s nursing facility in Indiana after serving as a religious sister for 74 years. She was 90-years-old.

Baptized Rosemary FitzSimons, Sister FitzSimons entered the congregation in 1943 and took her final vows on Aug. 15, 1950, in Los Angeles. She served as a teacher in California, Illinois and New Hampshire for 56 years before dedicating herself to a ministry of prayer in 2010.

“The first thing one noticed about Sister Sheila were her sparkling eyes and quick wit,” Sister Rosemary Schmalz wrote in a press release. “She was a woman of deep compassion. When Providence Health Care was opened to lay people, Sister Sheila went out of her way to make each new resident feel welcome.”    

The funeral service took place on April 20, presided over by Father Daniel R. Hopcus. She is survived by many nephews and nieces.