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Date of Passing: Jan 09, 2022

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Peacefully, at the age of 100 years, on Sunday, January 9, 2022, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, at Caritas Residence, Halifax, surrounded by the love and care of her Sisters. Born in 1921 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Mildred Peterkin was the daughter of Frank Edwin Peterkin and Mary Loretta Noonan.
Sister Peterkin grew up in Winnipeg and was educated at St. Ignatius School and St. Mary's Academy. She studied at the University of Manitoba, UBC and U of T. She entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in Albany, NY, in 1943, where she made first vows in 1946, making her final profession in Rome, Italy, in 1951.
Over many years Sister Peterkin taught in Sacred Heart Schools across Canada: The Sault au Recollet and Atwater Ave in Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Halifax. Sister Peterkin loved her students and was loved by them. Along with teaching, she had a long apostolate in liturgical music and was an accomplished organist. She also engaged in pastoral hospital work, ecumenical concerns and instruction in ESL. Sister Peterkin spent the last seven years of her life at Caritas Residence where she was well loved by all who met her.
Sister Peterkin was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Dr. David Peterkin and Reverend Allan Peterkin, SJ, and her only sister, Dr. Edith Peterkin of Belleville, ON. She is survived by one brother, John (Esme) of Winnipeg and by several beloved nephews and nieces in Canada and the USA. She will be dearly missed by her family and all of her Sacred Heart Sisters.
"After heading for heaven," said Sr. Peterkin, "I shall lovingly help and pray for all the Sacred Heart students I have taught and for all the children of the world. Our foundress, Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, points the way to Christ's Heart."
Due to Covid restrictions there will be no visitation. The funeral will be held at St. Agnes Church, 6903 Mumford Rd., Halifax, on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Double-vaccination is required to attend in person. The funeral will also be live-streamed. Please register for live-streaming or to attend in person, by emailing by Friday at 6:00 p.m. Church attendance is restricted to 50 persons.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Sacred Heart School of Montreal or to the Sacred Heart School of Halifax would be appreciated.
The Religious of the Sacred Heart wish to thank the Sisters of Charity of Halifax for their gracious welcome at Caritas Residence. We wish to convey our deepest gratitude to Mrs. Sharron Dolan for her wise and devoted medical attention and care of Sister Peterkin.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 12, 2022

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