Dec. 31, 1923 – May 16, 2013

Sister Joanne Fuchs, a Sister of Mercy for more than 66 years and a longtime nurse, died Thursday in Mercy Health Care Unit. She was 89.

Born Johanna Fuchs, she entered the Sisters of Mercy on April 16, 1947, a year after graduating from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She made her perpetual profession on Dec. 21, 1952.

Born in Dade City, Fla., Sister Fuchs moved with her family to Fulton, where she attended elementary, junior high and high school, graduating in 1942.

She worked for a year and attended the Mercy nursing school before earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from D’Youville College. She worked at Mercy Hospital, Kenmore Mercy and St. Jerome Hospital in Batavia, where she spent more than 50 years as a nurse supervisor.

She is survived by three sisters, Christine Ostrowski, Rosemarie Meiers and Bertha Palamar.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 4 p.m. Monday in Mercy Center Chapel, 625 Abbott Road.