Sister Victoria Andreoli (Elinor G. Andreoli) died peacefully at Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham. She was 100 years of age and had been a Sister of the Good Shepherd for 69 years.
Sister Victoria was born in Wilmington, DE in 1921, the daughter of Martin and Victoria (Mazza) Andreoli. Sister Victoria graduated from Loretto Academy, Niagara Falls, NY and then attended Fordham University in New York earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Arts degree in English. In 1953 Sister Victoria entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Peekskill, NY where she received her formal training in the mission of the Sisters. Sister worked with the girls at St. Germaine’s residential program and made her first profession in 1956. She pronounced her final vows in 1959. In 1958 Sister began teaching the sisters in the newly established Good Shepherd House of Studies in Peekskill and then became Director of the Juniorate program working with the temporary professed sisters in Formation. In 1970 Sister Victoria was named Personnel Director for the Province and also served on the Leadership Team. In 1974 Sister was elected the Province Leader and served in that position until 1983. After earning her Ph.D. in Psychology from Fordham University, Sister Victoria worked as a Psychotherapist at the Training Institute of Mental Health in New York City, and later served as a Psychotherapist in Maria Droste Services, a Good Shepherd program in New York City.
In 1998 Sister Victoria generously responded to a Good Shepherd missionary need in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands and worked tirelessly serving the poor, establishing programs and services for so many in need of help. Sister continued in this ministry for 13 years, retiring at the age of 90 years old! She retired to Good Shepherd Center in Marlborough, MA in 2011. Due to declining health, in 2018 Sr. Victoria was transferred to St. Patrick's Manor and in 2021 she joined the Good Shepherd sisters at Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham.
The Sisters of the Province will always be grateful to Sister Victoria for her wise leadership and for the example of her fidelity to the Good Shepherd mission. Sr. Victoria is preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Victoria, her brother Eugene Andreoli, her sisters Lucy Andreoli and Emma Monroe. Sister is survived by her nieces Mary Ann Brokaw and family, Nancy Campbell and family and Kathryn Monroe; her late nephew Richard Monroe’s family and Eugene Andreoli’s family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 18 at 5 p.m. at 17 th Street, New York City.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Collins Funeral Home, 378 Lincoln St., Marlborough, www.collinsfuneral.com. Expressions of sympathy in Sisters memory may be made to the Good Shepherd Retirement Fund, 420 Hemenway St., Suite 466, Marlborough, MA 01752.
The Sisters of the Good Shepherd were founded by St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier in Angers, France in 1835, in the United States (Louisville,KY) in 1843 and in Boston in 1867.