Sister Elizabeth Jean Allard, CSJ (Sister Elizabeth John), 94, died Nov. 27, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 75 years.
Sister Elizabeth, the former Theresa Helen Allard, was born in Deferiet, Jefferson County, on Nov. 15, 1925, daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Ryan Allard. After graduating from St. John the Baptist Academy, Syracuse, Sister Elizabeth entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy on March 19, 1944; she professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1949.
Sister Elizabeth received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from The College of Saint Rose, and later an associate degree in library science from Maria Regina College. For 50 years, Sister Elizabeth taught and served as a librarian in schools of the Albany and Syracuse dioceses and for three years was a religious-education teacher.
In the Syracuse Diocese, Sister Elizabeth served at St. John’s School, Oswego; St. John the Evangelist School, New Hartford; Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Vestal; St. Francis de Sales School, Utica; and St. John the Baptist School and Parish, Syracuse. In 2007, Sister Elizabeth retired to St. Joseph’s Provincial House.
Sister Elizabeth was a gentle, prayerful woman whose life was marked by devotion and service. During her half-century in the classroom, teaching primarily seventh- and eighth-graders, Sister Elizabeth was able to achieve the balance between firmness and fairness, and her natural empathy and quiet humor were ever present to soften the edges.
In her interactions in ministry and in community, Sister Elizabeth was gracious, hospitable, and kind, always ready with a smile and a thoughtful comment. Like St. Joseph, her patron, Sister Elizabeth was hard-working, faithful, and happy to remain in the background, and her presence among us will be dearly missed.
Sister Elizabeth is survived by several nieces and nephews and their families, including her niece, Sister Annette Maria Allard, CSJ; and the Sisters of St. Joseph. In addition to her parents, Sister Elizabeth was predeceased by two brothers, Charles and William Allard; and by four sisters, Marie Dingman, Sister Dorothy Bernadette Allard, Betty Young, and Kate Kinney.
Sister Elizabeth’s Mass of Christian Burial was to be held in the chapel of the Provincial House on Dec. 5. Donations in Sister Elizabeth’s memory may be made to the Development Office, Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, N.Y., 12110.