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Sister Marion (Nicholas) Fahey

by RSHM Eastern American AreaCategory: Obituaries

Sister Marion Fahey, RSHM

Sister Marion Fahey, RSHM, died peacefully at Marymount Convent, Tarrytown, NY, on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.   

Sister Marion Fahey, RSHM, previously known as Sister Nicholas, died at Marymount Convent, Tarrytown, NY, Tuesday, January 18, 2022. She was 91 years of age and had been a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary for 72 years.

She was born Marion Fahey in New York City, on September 18, 1930, to William and Gertrude McEntee Fahey.

She received a BA in History from Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY; an MA in History from St. John’s University, Queens, NY; and an MBA in Management from Fordham University, New York, NY.

A graduate of Sacred Heart of Mary Academy, Bronx, NY, she entered the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary at the RSHM Novitiate in Tarrytown, NY, on July 22, 1947. She made her first vows on February 9, 1949, in Tarrytown, where she also made her final vows on August 29, 1954. 

Sister Marion was an educator, serving at the elementary, secondary, and college levels for more than 68 years.

Her first assignments were in New York, teaching at St. Catharine of Alexandria in Brooklyn, (1949-1954); St. Anne’s in Garden City, NY (1954 -1958); and St. Thomas of Aquinas in the Bronx (1958-1960).

She spent six years at the Academy of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Sag Harbor, NY, where she taught and shared responsibilities for the boarding students (1960-1966). 

Sister Marion also ministered in Richmond and Arlington, Virginia. At St. Bridget’s in Richmond, she was principal of the school and superior of the local community of sisters (1966-1967). She then taught history at Marymount University in Arlington (1967-1972).

Returning to New York, she taught at Aquinas High School in the Bronx for one year (1972-1973). She taught at Mother Butler Memorial High School/Sacred Heart of Mary High School in the Bronx (1973-1978). Her first year teaching at Mother Butler Memorial was a year of change leading to the merger with the Academy of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Manhattan. She continued teaching there at Sacred Heart of Mary High School, the new school formed as a result of the merger (1973-1978).

In 1978, Sister Marion began the second chapter of her ministry in education when she joined the faculty of Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY. For 29 years, she taught business and economics in both the traditional college and the weekend college programs (1978-2007).

When Marymount College closed and became Marymount College of Fordham University, Sister Marion became part of the Fordham University faculty. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she was appointed assistant dean for advising adult students in the College of Business evening program.  

In 2016, Sister Marion retired from full-time ministry and continued to live in a small community in Tarrytown.  

Sister Marion is predeceased by her parents and two sisters, Grace Fahey and Alice Fahey Murdock. She is survived by her sister Joan Fahey Purcell, niece Colette Purcell, nephews James Murdock and Stephen Murdock, and by the members of her religious community.       


Services at Marymount Convent, 32 Warren Avenue, Tarrytown, NY. Vigil Service Thursday, January 20, 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, January 21, 10:30 am. Burial Mount Calvary Cemetery, White Plains. 

Due to COVID restrictions, only RSHM Sisters and immediate family may attend. All are requested to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination. 

We invite you to join us for the Vigil Service and the Mass of Christian Burial via live-stream on our website: (  and/or Facebook page (ReligiousoftheSacredHeartofMaryEAP) where it also will be archived. 

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her name may be made to Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, 50 Wilson Park Drive, Tarrytown, NY, 10591. 

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