Sister Julie Cecilia Lyver (1929-2021)

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Sister Julie Cecelia was born Mary E. Lyver in Somerville, Mass. to parents Francis W. and Margaret (O'Neill) Lyver. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur on February 2, 1948 in Waltham, Mass. Sister Julie earned her BA in Elementary Education from Emmanuel College, as well as an MA in Education from Salem State. Sister Julie taught in several schools in the greater Boston area including in Lawrence, East Boston, Dorchester and Salem. She was the Principal at O.L.C.A. Waltham, St. Mary, Shrewsbury and St. Anthony, Somerville.

Sister Julie Cecilia went peacefully home to her good God on October 4, 2021 at the Saint Julie Residential Care Center in Ipswich, Mass. She was 92 years old, and was a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 73 years.

Sister Julie Cecelia is survived by her twin brother, John of Burlington, Mass., her loving nieces and nephews, and their families. She was predeceased by her brothers, Francis and William Lyver. Sister Julie is also survived by her Sisters and Associates in the Notre Dame community, her many friends and former students, and the devoted staff of the St. Julie Billiart Residential Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am at Our Lady Queen Chapel in Ipswich, Mass, on Thursday, October 7, with a wake service preceding it at 10:00. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, the number of people in the chapel must be limited, so please call to register at 978-356-4381 if you would like to attend. 

To make a donation to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Sister Julie Cecelia's memory, please click here, or write to Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, 351 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149.


  1. Dear Sr. Cecilia,

    I hope that you are well.
    I was an eight grade student of yours in the 1987-1988 school year at St. Anthony School in Somerville MA.

    My name is George Drosos and I went on to studies at Matignon HS in Cambridge MA. I hope that you remember me.

    I would love to hear from you to see how you are doing. I have often thought about you throughout the years and I have found you now via the internet.

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    All the best,

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