YONKERS, N.Y. - Sr. Joan Caldano, F.S.P. (formerly Sr. Ellen Michael), a longtime Yonkers resident, died Tuesday, Dec. 10. She was 76.
Sr. Caldano was born Jan. 3, 1937, to Michael and Helen Walsh Caldano in New York City where she was raised and educated, graduating from Assisium Business School in New York City, Ladycliff College in Highland Falls, where she received a B.A.in Social Science in 1967 and SUNY at New Paltz where she received a Masters Degree in Social Science in 1972. She entered the Franciscan Sisters Sept. 8, 1955, and professed her final vows Aug. 14, 1962.
She held teaching positions in schools in New York City, New Jersey and Westchester County and served as principal of Holy Angels School in Little Falls, N.J. She was provincial secretary, Director of Ministry and assistant provincial superior at Mt. St. Francis in Peekskill. Her 20 year career at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx included positions as Cancer Care Technician and Patient/Family Advocate. She also served as counselor on the Leadership Team of the Franciscan Sisters of Peace, and as Sister Advocate of the Health Care Team.
Sr. Caldano received the Distinguished Member Award from the New York Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy in 1999 and was a contributing author to "Calvary Hospital: A Model for Palliative Care in Advanced Cancer".
Sr. Caldano is survived by her cousins, Michael Jossa, Marilyn MacDonnell and Sarah MacDonnell of Tewksbury, Mass.; and relatives in Italy. She was predeceased by her parents; and brother, Daniel Caldano.
Calling hours are Thursday, Dec. 12 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Marian Woods Convent, 152 Ridge Road, Hartsdale with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13 in Marian Woods Convent. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.
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