Nancy Jane O’Reilly, SCN

Posted by Spalding Hurst

November 4, 2016

nancy-jane-oreilly-026a79eec26252046b95cba412d675c0Nancy Jane O’Reilly, SCN, age 78, formerly Sister Xaveria O’Reilly, a native of Brockton, Massachusetts, died at Nazareth Home, Louisville on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Sister had been a professed SCN for 57 years.

Sister Nancy Jane served in elementary education in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Massachusetts. In Louisville, Sister taught at Ascension, St. Frances of Rome and Community Catholic Schools. Later, Sister taught in secondary education and served as Librarian in Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, Massachusetts.

Sister Nancy Jane is survived by a brother, David O’Reilly, of Madison, Ohio, by cousins and by her religious community.

There was a Prayer Service for Sister Nancy Jane at 10:00 a.m. at Nazareth Home this morning, Thursday, November 3, 2016, followed by the Funeral Mass. Sister’s cremains are scheduled to arrive at Nazareth, Kentucky, at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon. After a short prayer service, the burial will take place in Nazareth Cemetery.


  1. Joseph Falzarano

    Sister Nancy, you were a remarkable person, loving, caring, and a disciplinarian when need be. You single handidly kept me from falling out of high school by making me work and stay after school with you 4 days a week for 4 years. I had no choice, you didn’t give me one. For that I am forever grateful! I’m sitting here with a tear of joy and sadness as I write this. Thank You for your life devotion and sacrifices. I love you and will never forget you. May God Bless You!

  2. Nancy Higgins Patch

    God Bless and keep you, dear Sr. Nancy! You were an unforgettable presence at Bishop Fenwick High School, and an abiding influence on my life as a teacher and a woman. I will always remember your great generosity of spirit, and the strength of your character. I can still see you at that desk in the library, terrorizing the poor freshmen, but always ready to lend a hand or point someone in the right direction. Thank you for sharing your abundant life with all of us.

  3. Ronald E. King

    Sister Nancy Jane was a wonderful person. As a new teacher at Community Catholic School in Louisville, Ky she mentored and gave great advice to me from 1975-1977.
    I’m presently an Assistant Principal in Fort Lauderdale, Fla retiring in 2018. I owe so much to this great person.


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