Sister Maureen (Sister de la Salle) Vellon, RSHM, died at Marymount Convent, Tarrytown, NY, on Wednesday, September 14, 2023. She was 85 years of age and had been a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary for 65 years.
She was born Maureen Vellon in New York City, NY, on August 8, 1938, to Joseph A. and Grace Burchell Vellon.
She received a BA in English from Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY, an MA in English from Columbia University, New York City, and a professional diploma from Fordham University, NY.
She was taught by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary at St. Thomas Aquinas School, Bronx, NY, and the Academy of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Sag Harbor, NY. She entered the congregation at the RSHM Novitiate in Tarrytown, NY, on September 8, 1956. She made her first vows on June 15, 1958, in Tarrytown, where she also made her final vows on August 25, 1963.
Sister Maureen’s many years of ministry in education began as a teacher at Marymount Junior School, Arlington, VA (1958-1960). Her second assignment was to South America where she taught at Marymount School, Barranquilla, Colombia (1960-1963).
She spent 11 years at Marymount School of New York, as a teacher (1964-1967) and then as principal of the junior school (1968-1975).
Sister Maureen went to Marymount International School, Paris, France twice. The first time was as a teacher (1975-1976). The second time as the head of school (1985-1995).
She taught at St. Anne’s School, Garden City, NY (1976-1978) before becoming principal (1978-1985). She was the principal of All Saints Regional School, Glen Cove, NY (1996-2003) and of St. Bernadette School, Springfield, VA (2003-2005).
Her last ministry in education was at Istituto Marymount, Rome, Italy where she served as the middle school’s principal (2005-2016).
After 58 years dedicated to elementary and secondary education as a teacher and principal, Sister Maureen retired in Sag Harbor, NY. She moved to Marymount Convent, Tarrytown, NY in 2020 and was a member of the Convent community at the time of her death.
Sister Maureen is survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, and by members of her religious family.
Services are at Marymount Convent, 32 Warren Avenue, Tarrytown, NY. Visiting Monday, September 18, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial, on Tuesday, September 19, at 10:30 am. Burial at Mount Calvary Cemetery, White Plains.
We invite you to join us for the Vigil Service and Mass at Marymount Convent or by live-stream on our website (www.rshm-east.org), where it 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.