Obituary: Sister Eleanor McNally, CPPS


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DAYTON, Ohio – Sister Eleanor McNally died on Aug. 29 in Dayton, Ohio. She was 103.

Born in 1918 in Hollywood, she entered the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton in 1933. For 89 years, she faithfully served God, His people and her religious congregation.

Sister McNally began her life in ministry as a teacher throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati; in Phoenix; and at San Luis Rey Academy in Oceanside. She served on the administrative team of the Sisters of the Precious Blood as councilor and Western Region director for 12 years.

Sister McNally spent the next 39 years in the Diocese of San Diego as executive secretary of the Sisters’ Senate; an administrative assistant in the chancery office; and assistant to the vicar for religious; as well as in parish ministry at Sacred Heart (Ocean Beach) and Blessed Sacrament parishes. In retirement, she continued to serve others.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 7 at the Salem Heights chapel in Dayton, with burial following in the Maria Anna Brunner Memorial Garden. Online memories and condolences may be left for the family at

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