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Remembering Sister Anne Cecile

Posted January 04, 2024 in Obituaries

What’s In a Name?

Laetitia Ann Muldoon was born to be a delight to those whose lives she would touch. Though her baptismal certificate lists her as Laetitia, her birth certificate aptly names her the more colloquial Joy. Both designations carry as synonyms happiness and gladness. Surely, she brought all of that to her parents, John and Laetitia, when she entered the world in 1927, younger sister to Margaret and, later, older sister to her brother John. She was a child of St. Patrick Parish (Bridge) as well, claiming her birthright in the first parish school served by the Ursuline Sisters.

After attending St. Stephen High School and working in the main office at Fisher’s, Joy entered the Ursuline community in 1944. After just one year at Ursuline College, the young Sister Anne Cecile began a long career as an educator. It is worth noting that her new name, Anne, also carried significance. Hebrew designates it as grace and the Gaelic translation means brightness or radiance. These certainly help to define the life and legacy of Sister Anne Cecile.

A variety of schools was blessed by Sister Anne Cecile’s presence as classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal: St. Jerome, St. Timothy, St. Catharine, St. Francis de Sales, St. Mary (Mentor), St. Charles, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Paul and St. Therese. During these years, she also attained both undergraduate and graduate degrees at St. John College.

After a brief stint assisting in congregational offices, Sister Anne Cecile returned to ministry with children, serving at Up With Kids Day Center for 16 years. It is worth noting that she began this loving service in her seventh decade of life when most men and women were laying down careers to enjoy well-deserved retirement years.  Sister Anne Cecile still had love and mentorship to offer to infants and their parents.  Into her nineties, Sister remained active, making her way to the congregational Development Office to assist with clerical duties, ending her work much as she had begun it as a teenager at Fisher’s. Sharp as ever and displaying no cognitive slowing, she joyfully tracked rally tickets, wrote birthday cards and made countless gratitude calls to benefactors.

Just over a year ago, Sister Anne Cecile’s health required a move to Regina Health Center.  She certainly did not intend to abandon the Ursuline charism then. Her life remained a blessing to her Ursuline sister roommate, staff, family and all who had the privilege of entering her heart. She prayed ceaselessly and reminded all by her example that graciously accepting suffering can become a means of growing even more in compassion and love.

Sister Anne Cecile will be remembered for her generosity and selflessness in her care for children and their parents. Her faithfulness to her sister, Margaret, was a witness and gift to her family as was her wisdom and counsel, which they sought regularly. Fittingly named Joy at birth, Sister Anne Cecile was a woman of grace, ever steadfast and confident in the goodness and providence of God. Her own words will always remind us that we are called like her to be of service, “I am following the words of Angela by serving amongst the people.” May we, like Sister Anne Cecile, also follow the advice of St. Angela, foundress of the Ursulines, “Use your every power to remain faithful to the call received by God.”

Sister Anne Cecile slept peacefully into the loving arms of God at Regina on January 4, 2024.  She is survived by nieces and nephews, grandnephews and a grandniece as well as her Ursuline Sisters with whom she shared 78 years of religious life.

Services for Sister Anne Cecile will be held at Regina Health Center, 5232 Broadview Rd., Richfield, OH 44286, Tuesday, January 9, 11:00 A.M. Visitation will precede the liturgy from 10:00-10:50.  Masks are required.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland at 6085 Parkland Blvd., Suite 175, Mayfield Heights OH 44124 or www.ursulinesisters.org


Arrangements by DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott