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2 NY nun siblings, 96 and 98, die a day apart

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  • Copied photo from 1992 show from left  sisters Elaine, Mary Cecelia, Zoe, Jean Marie and Madeline. Elaine and Jean Marie just recently died within 24 hours of each other.

      Copied photo from 1992 show from left sisters Elaine, Mary Cecelia, Zoe, Jean Marie and Madeline. Elaine and Jean Marie just recently died within 24 hours of each other.
    Cindy Schultz / Times Union

 
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MENANDS, N.Y. -- They were born sisters and worked as Catholic sisters for decades before spending their last years living in the same suburban Albany residence for nuns.

Last week, Sister Jean Marie Wheeler and Sister Elaine Wheeler died a day apart.

The Times Union of Albany reports that 98-year-old Sister Jean Marie died last Thursday and 96-year-old Sister Elaine died the next day at Saint Louise House in Menands, where they had lived for the past eight years.

They were among the seven Wheeler girls raised in the Bronx after their family moved from Chicago, and they were the last of five siblings who became Catholic nuns.

A dual funeral Mass for Sisters Jean Marie and Elaine will be Thursday, and they will be buried alongside each other in a local cemetery.

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