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Sisters of the Past

Sister Brigid - Mary Anne (Ina) Wolfe

Profiled in April 2003

26 August 1906 - 26 November 1999

 Brigid’s life began in Paeroa when she was the fifth child born to Joseph Wolfe and Bridget O’Sullivan. She was baptised Mary Anne, but was known as Ina. Her parents had emigrated from Ireland, and her father was a Public Works inspector for the railways. This meant the family moved around a good bit, but had settled in Wellington by the time Ina was a young adult. She enjoyed a full and fun-filled life, with a great love of tennis. Her decision to enter the Sisters of St Joseph was a shock to her mother who was very attached to her, and leaving home was difficult.

She was professed in 1938, taking Brigid as her religious name. Brigid became a teacher with a special care and expertise in younger children. She loved her work, and taught for many years in the Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Wanganui, Manawatu, Horowhenua and Wellington regions. Her greatest joy was preparing children for the sacraments. In her later years she taught religion classes for children in State schools.

Her early days were dogged with ill-health and frailty, but she had great determination and a quick wit. Those who taught with her remember how her sense of humour was always present – though often over the heads of her pupils!

In 1995 her deteriorating hearing and sight necessitated a move to Nazareth Rest Home. She kept up an active and simple daily routine, enjoying the company of other residents - particularly when it involved stories of earlier times.

Sister Brigid died peacefully at Nazareth Rest Home on 26 November 1999. Her funeral was held at St Mary’s Church, Wanganui.

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