Sister Leila Greco (Sister St. Julia): 1929-2012Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
SooToday.com has received the following notice from St. Joseph's Motherhouse in North Bay:
Sister Leila Greco (Sister St. Julia) - Tuesday, September 18, 2012
It is with sadness that the Sisters of St. Joseph announce the death of Sister Leila Greco (Sister St. Julia) on September 17, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Motherhouse, North Bay.
Sister Leila was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, July 3, 1929, graduated as an RN from St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, in 1954 and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie that same year.
Sister graduated with her BScN in 1963.
She served from 1955-1967, in North Bay, Blind River, Elliot Lake and Sudbury in various nursing and supervisory positions.
In 1967 Sister was appointed as Assistant Administrator at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Port Arthur (Thunder Bay) and from 1968-1978 as Administrator.
In 1979 Sister Leila was appointed Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Hospital and of St. Joseph’s Heritage, Thunder Bay.
The Heritage was the result of Sr. Leila’s creative vision that led to the unique concept of “a place for all seasons” - an apartment complex, a nursing home, recreational facilities, services for seniors and fine dining in the Georgian Room, all within one building.
St. Joseph’s Heritage was quickly filled to capacity and became a futuristic model for seniors’ care within Canada.
Sister Leila became the Executive Director in 1979.
In 1982 Sister Leila returned to Sault Ste. Marie where she worked with the Canadian Mental Health Association until 1988.
In keeping with Sister’s values of compassion and care when responding to unmet needs, she envisioned and brought into existence the ‘gathering place’, known as Club 84, for people with mental health challenges.
It was in this safe and loving environment that clients were encouraged and supported in sharing their stories with one another and qualified health personnel.
Sister Leila was a devoted Telecare Volunteer and member of the Mount Carmel Parish Choir.
In 2012 a non-profit supportive housing apartment complex in Thunder Bay was named the “Sister Leila Greco Apartments” in recognition of Sister’s vision and commitment to ‘excellence’.
It is believed that this centre of excellence ‘sponsored by’ St. Joseph’s Care Group, Thunder Bay will continue to maintain Sister Leila’s original vision of integrated support for seniors.
Sister Leila is pre-deceased by her parents Vincent Greco and Bridget De Vitis, brothers Eugene (Margaret), Ernest (Betty) and Anthony; sisters Rose (Steve), Evelyn (Mike) Isabelle (Tony), Lucille and Rita (Albert).
She is survived by Sister Immaculata, Carolyn Landay (Andy), brother-in-law Gene Daly and many loving and devoted nieces and nephews.
Sister Leila will be remembered as a woman of strong faith who lived the beatitudes.
Always, the needs of others came before her own, and her capacity for giving was unbounded.
Sister was often the receiver of goodies from the ‘Greco Family.’
In turn, she would leave a tasty surprise for the mailman.
Leila was a devoted family member, embracing and living life to the full.
Celebrations were complete when she used her culinary skills and prepared a feast for family, friends and Sisters.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to McGuinty Funeral Home.
The cremated remains of Sister Leila will be received at the Motherhouse on Friday, September 21, 2012, at 4 p.m.
Evening Prayer will be held in the Sacred Heart Chapel at 7 p.m.
Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel.
Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, North Bay.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Precious Blood Cathedral, Sault Ste. Marie at a future date.
May Sister Leila rest in peace.