There is sadness in Laois today following the news of the passing of a popular nun.
Sr Michael Roe, of the Presentation Sisters in Mountmellick, died on Sunday October 11.
Originally from Kilclonfert in Offaly, Sr Michael passed away in the tender care of the Sisters and staff of Shalom Nursing Home in Kilcock, Kildare.
Sr Michael was a teacher for 42 years and would be extremely well known in the Stradbally area where she taught until 1990.
Her former school, now known as St Colman’s, paid a lovely tribute to her.
They said: “Deepest sympathies are extended to Sr Michael’s family and The Presentation community who passed away peacefully yesterday.
“Sr Michael was a well known figure in the school and in Stradbally community.
“She retired from teaching after 42 years in 1990 and continued to live in Stradbally until 2002.
“Many people will remember her kind caring disposition, her admirable administration to the sick and dying.
“All quietly carried out in her day to day duties with the greatest respect for mankind.
“May she rest in the arms of The Lord.”
Sr Michael is predeceased by her parents Thomas and Teresa, herbrothers Michael Paul and Joe, her sisters Mary, Rose, Elizabeth, Bridget, Anna Teresa (Flo), Eileen and Una.
Deeply regretted by her nieces and nephews, Presentation Community and extended family and friends.
In accordance with current Government guidelines on public gatherings a private Funeral for immediate family and Presentation Community only will take place.
Sr Michael’s Requiem Mass can be viewed live on the Mountmellick Parish Webcam on Tuesday 13th October at11am. Burial will be in the Presentation Sisters plot in St Michael’s Cemetery, Portarlington.