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Sister Kathleen Mary DeBoalt SSJ

January 18, 2023

Sister Kathleen Mary DeBoalt SSJ died January 18, 2023, at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y. at the age of 72.

She was born February 9, 1950 in Syracuse, N.Y., daughter of Francis DeBoalt and Mary (Pizio) DeBoalt.

Sister Kathleen Mary graduated from North Syracuse High School in 1968. She continued her studies at SUNY Oswego earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1972. She later continued graduate studies at Nazareth College in Rochester earning a Masters of Science Degree. Upon completing her first degree and receiving her New York State Certification, she taught Kindergarten at Harrisville Central School until 1981. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in Watertown on September 7, 1981. She made her First Profession of Vows on February 24, 1985, and her Final Profession on August 18, 1990.  Father Thomas Robillard was the celebrant for both professions.

Sister Kathleen was a Primary Teacher throughout her long teaching ministry. She retired from the classroom in June, 2022, but continued to work part time at IHC Elementary in the library and Faith Formation program. Throughout those many years, she taught at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Watertown, St. James School, Gouverneur, St. Augustine’s School, Peru, and in her last years at Immaculate Heart Elementary in Watertown. In addition to her teaching ministry, she served as Director of the Sisters of St. Joseph Associate Program and was a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Team.

Sister Kathleen Mary DeBoalt is survived by her brothers John (Charlotte) Lake Boneparte, NY, and Thomas (Debbie) Granby, CO. She is also survived by her nieces Megan Rajkovick, Jessica Brevik and her nephews Dan DeBoalt and Phillip DeBoalt as well as six grandnieces and grandnephews.

She is predeceased by her parents Francis and Mary DeBoalt.

Funeral arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. Waking hours will be at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse Chapel on January 23 in the afternoon from 2:00 – 4:30 pm. The funeral liturgy will be held at the Motherhouse Chapel on January 24 at 2:00 pm. Bishop Terry R. LaValley will be the celebrant and Rev. Mickey Demo will be the homilist.

Contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 1425 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneralservice.com.


#13 Allison Behrend 2023-01-25 06:29
Sister Kathleen was my second grade teacher. In second grade, I told Sister that I wanted to be a teacher and since then she always encouraged me. She is one the reasons why I am teaching in a Catholic school. One lesson that I leaned from her, is that learning can be fun and it’s important to have those days. She was at my wedding this year and I am so glad she could have been there. I’m so sorry for your loss. Heaven gained an amazing angel.
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#12 Diane Dayton Riley 2023-01-23 13:48
Rest in peace Kathy. I'll always remember you, my college roommate for 3 years at Oswego State. I remember how we used to play Perry Como records to put us to sleep.
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#11 Barbara jump 2023-01-22 15:40
I am very sorry for your loss. My sister Darlene Costick and Kathy were best friends in high school and kept in touch for years after.
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#10 Cayla Facey 2023-01-22 08:54
RIP Sister Kathleen. She was actually my teacher back at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Watertown. She was absolutely amazing and will be missed! Prayers for her family and friends.
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#9 Pam Ballantine 2023-01-21 18:42
Love and prayers are being sent from the Ballantine household in Peru, NY. Sr. Kathleen was instrumental in the education of our children Jon and Todd when she was a teacher at St. Augustine's School. May she rest in the loving arms of our Lord. Well done, good and faithful servant, well done.
Pam, Dan, Jon and Todd Ballantine
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#8 Bruce Liz Daugherty 2023-01-21 14:39
This is another loss to the Catholic Community. Sr. Kathleen was a God send for the kids and she knew just how to bring them up and to smile doing it. She made a lasting impression on my grandson and we will always be thankful for that. Sister, enjoy your cards in heaven!
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#7 Donna Bowen 2023-01-21 13:24
So very sorry to hear about Kathy's passing. We met Kathy when she lived in the apartment at my mother-in-law's house Wilhelmina Bowen. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.
In gods love, Donna Bowen.
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#6 Lois Garceau 2023-01-21 09:56
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Sister Kathleen. She was a wonderful person and teacher. I always enjoyed visiting with her. Rest in Peace Sister Kathleen. Sending love and prayers for her family. I will keep you all in my prayers. Love and God Bless, Lois
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#5 Barbara Manchester 2023-01-21 09:34
Sister Kathy became a beloved member of the Manchester Family during her days in Harrisville. We shared many happy times together both before and after she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Rest in Peace my dear friend! You will be missed!
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#4 Christine Hogarth 2023-01-20 21:40
So very sorry to hear of Sister's passing.
She was our son William's second grade teacher at IHC in 2007.
She was one of our favorite teachers.
Prayers of peace & comfort for her & her family.
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