Sister Mary Elizabeth Sheffer, Licensed Practical Nurse

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FRAMINGHAM – Sister Mary Elizabeth Sheffer O.Carm., passed into eternal life at St. Patrick’s Manor on the morning of Saturday, November 5, 2022, in her 69th year of religious life.

Born in York, PA to Francis & Romaine (Caslow) Sheffer on December 19, 1937, she entered Carmel on August 28, 1953, and received her habit on March 7, 1954 taking the name Sr. Lawrence Marian, later returning to her baptismal name. She was professed on March 13, 1955 and made her final profession of vows on December 8, 1960.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth served in numerous locations including PA, OH, MI, FL, KY, CT and IL. Her lengthiest assignments were at St. Rita’s Home (1973-1977); St. Margaret Hall (1977-1982); Catholic Memorial Home (1984-1991); St. Joseph Manor (1991-2006); Little Flower Manor (2009-2017); and St. Patrick’s Residence (2017-2022).  Trained as a licensed practical nurse, Sr. Mary Elizabeth ministered in various areas including the clinics, pharmacy, central supply, and pastoral care. As her health failed, she was transferred to St. Patrick’s Manor, Assisted Living Convent on January 22, 2022.

A person who loved celebration, Sr. Mary Elizabeth wore festive socks and aprons for every holiday and brought joy and laughter to those around her.

Family and friends will honor and remember Sr. Mary Elizabeth’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the Holy Family Chapel of St. Patrick’s Manor, 863 Central St. Framingham on Wednesday, November 9 from 2-5p.m.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Chapel on Thursday morning at 10 o’clock.

Interment will follow in Queen of Carmel Cemetery, St. Teresa’s Motherhouse, 600 Woods Rd., Germantown, NY at 2:3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Sr. Mary Elizabeth’s name to: Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, 863 Central Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Arrangements by the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home of Framingham. For online tributes, kindly visit


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