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Sr. Jacqueline A. Tierney

October 03, 1937 - October 16, 2022


Obituary For Sr. Jacqueline A. Tierney

MADISON – Sr. Jacqueline A. Tierney, OBT, age 85, died on October 16, 2022, in her family home in the care and the company of her sister Fran and religious sister, Sister Hedwig Rojas, OBT.
She was born October 3, 1937, to John and Frances (Keller) Tierney in The Bronx, NY. She attended Sacred Heart Private School and Sacred Heart of Mary Academy in NY. She received her Bachelor of Education and did post graduate work at Fordham University in NY. Her Masters in Educational Administration was earned at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
She entered St. Aloysius Novitiate in Hopewell Junction, NY in 1961, made temporary profession in 1964, and perpetual profession in 1969.
She taught at St. Clare’s School in The Bronx, NY before coming to St. Maria Goretti in Madison, WI, as the 3rd Grade Teacher. She then came back as Principal in 1969. She remained Principal until retiring in 1995. Sr. Jacqueline then became Principal at St. Michael School in Dane, WI in 1998. She retired from Educational Ministry in 2010.
Sr. J. served her community in many ways: several terms on the Provincial Council, General Treasurer, and handled the social security needs for the entire community.
Sister was a member of the Principals Association of the Diocese of Madison and served on its executive board. She also served as Chairperson of the Madison Area Principals.
She was also a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, although her active participation had been limited due to health reasons.
In 2012, Sr. Jacqueline was awarded a special Papal award: The Medal Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice. This was from Pope Benedict at the request of Bishop Robert Morlino.
She was preceded in death by her mother (2004) and her father (1953). She is survived by her sister, Frances Joan Tierney.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by The Very Rev. Richard Heilman at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 20, 2022 at ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5313 Flad Ave., Madison, WI. A visitation will be held from 8:30-11:00 a.m. at the church. A reception will follow the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests Mass and other spiritual remembrances or donations to the Oblates to the Blessed Trinity c/o Fran Tierney. Interment will take place at St. Denis Cemetery in Hopewell Junction, NY.
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  • 10/25/2022

    Sister Jazlynn was one of the favorite people that I will remember for a long long time all three of my daughters attended Saint Maria Goretti and sister Jacqueline and I became very good friends we were together on events and she was always there with a smile I'm happy to see the beautiful picture of her to remember her as she was and as I knew her I will remember her in my prayers

  • 10/25/2022

    I am so glad to see the picture as sister Jacqueline smiling face which I was aware of for many years three of my all three of my daughters attended school at Saint Maria Goretti and I worked with sister Jacqueline side-by-side for many events she was a buddy and I Loved her very She will be in my prayers as a good friend And inspiration

  • 10/23/2022

    Fran, I am so sorry for your loss. Sister Jacqueline was a fabulous role model for me. She clearly cared about every student at St. Maria Goretti, and she certainly had plenty of Hacker children to positively influence. I have very fond memories of you, Sister Jacqueline, Sister Ignatius, and Sister Hedwig. I have always had great respect for each of you. Take comfort in the fact that your sister meant so much to so many children over the years. My deepest sympathies. Jeanne Hacker Cargill

  • 10/21/2022

    May God's Grace give you strength and comfort Fran! We know she is rejoicing with so many loved ones! Love, Beth (Keller) and family

  • 10/20/2022

    Health and distance keep me away, Jackie, but my heart is with your spirit and with Fran. You led a life of sacrifice and service following God's calling. Rest in peace, faithful servant and cousin, and rejoice in reunion with all our loved ones who preceded you. Pray for the rest of us who will follow and give comfort to Fran. With love and in honored memory, Ed Egan.

  • 10/20/2022

    Sorry we couldn't make it to the service for sister/sister Jacqueline. Our deepest sympathies and blessings. May God give her a great resting place and give you, Fran, strength and comfort. Dennis and Patti Darwin

  • 10/20/2022

    Fran I'm so sorry for your loss. No matter how long we have our loved ones with us it's always to soon to say goodbye. You and Sr. Jacqueline had the best sibling relationship a person could have. For you the next year will be hard. Sr. Jacqueline was such a force of true love of teaching which you two had a close bond. If you need someone to hear all the high and low points during this time give me a call and better yet come see me! All my love and prayers Eileen

  • 10/20/2022

    Fran: Sorry to read of your loss of your sister whom you will surely miss. Hope all else is well with you and that your life is filled with peace and happiness, as you surely deserve it. Terry Weisensel.

  • 10/20/2022

    Sister J was one of the strong pillars of Mullee family life. Our eight children all respected, trusted, and loved her. She did so much, so well, and always with the goal of leading the children to Christ. Rest In Peace dear Sister. Mick, Peggy and the Mullee family.

  • 10/19/2022

    Our sincere condolences to Fran and Sr. Hedwig. Sr. Jacqueline gave love and discipline to the students at St. Maria Goretti and was respected by all! She was a great educator! May she Rest In Peace in the warm embrace of our Heavenly Father. We will remember Sr. Jacqueline in our prayers. Sincerely, Jerry, Agnes, Christina & Joseph Salvo

  • 10/19/2022

    Our children are better people for having known Sr Jacqueline. Rest in peace. Kathy and Dennis Leonard

  • 10/18/2022

    I really respected and loved Sr. Jacqueline. I'm sure in the late 60's and early 70's, we students drove her crazy. She will be missed! Love to Fran, Srs. Hedwig and Ignatius. Love from the entire Kornell family. Christine (Kornell) Ladell.

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  • 10/18/2022

    Sr Jacqueline accomplished so much and kept on learning She gave a lot of her life to St Maria Goretti for which we are thankful She was truly dedicated I know you all will miss her, especially Fran Rest in peace, Sr Jacqueline


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