Sister Mary Ann McCafferty (Sister Elizabeth Damian), 87, died March 9 at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 66 years. 

Sister Mary Ann was born on Aug. 31, 1931, in Schenectady, daughter of the late James and Ann Sullivan McCafferty. After graduating from Mont Pleasant High School, she completed the program in child care at St. Catherine’s Infant Home in Albany and became a certified child care technician.

On March 19, 1953, Sister Mary Ann entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy,  and professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1960. 

Sister Mary Ann began her ministry as a Sister of St. Joseph as a child care technician at St. Joseph’s Infant Home in Troy and later joined the staff at the School for the Disabled in Newtonville (later known as the Center for Disabilities Services/Kevin G. Langan School in Albany). In 1970, Sister Mary Ann began her 40-year career at St. Mary’s Hospital (St. Mary’s Healthcare) in Amsterdam. 

Sister Mary Ann is survived by her sister, Susan (John) Rudzinski; her nieces, Kristin (James) LeBrou, Amy Rudzinski, Susan M. Rudzinski, and Kathleen (Wayne) Glasser; her nephews, Ronald Gavin and Dennis McCafferty; and several grandnephews and grandnieces. In addition to her parents, Sister Mary Ann was predeceased by her sister, Claire Gavin, and her brother, Donald McCafferty. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joseph’s Provincial House on March 14. Donations in Sister Mary Ann’s memory may be made to the Development Office, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 385 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, N.Y., 12110.