Janet Meehan

Sr. Janet Meehan, RDC (formerly known as Sr. Mary Leonard), a Sister of the Divine Compassion, died peacefully on June 17, 2020.

Sr. Janet was born in Westchester in 1941, the daughter of John and Louise (Cancro) Meehan.  She attended Hawthorne Public Schools and graduated from Good Counsel Academy High School. Sister received her BA from Good Counsel College in White Plains and her MA in Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame.  

Sister began her teaching career at Preston High School in the Bronx. Following her time at Preston Sister Janet moved to Kennedy Catholic in Somers where she taught Math and was chairperson of the Art Department.  One of her favorite tasks was moderator the Track Team at Kennedy. Sister received a number of awards in her career – The Educational Art Teachers Award from Rode Island School of Design, the Lacey Award from Westchester Coaches and Officials Association and she was named Coach of the Year by Gannett Westchester in 1990.

Sister Laura Donovan, President of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion said, “A talented artist and compassionate teacher, Sister Janet’s gifts will long survive.”

Sister is survived by her Sisters of the Divine Compassion, her sister Marilyn Rhode and her husband David, her brother, John Meehan, two nieces, Joanna Meehan Rhodes and Elizabeth Meehan Barrow.

A wake and funeral mass will take place on Saturday, June 20 at the Chapel of the Divine Compassion. The wake will be from 9:45 – 10:45 followed by the liturgy. Interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, White Plains, NY. Arrangements will be handled by McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be sent to the Sisters of the Divine Compassion, 52 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603.


Please be advised that due to the current pandemic restrictions, only 60 people will be allowed to join the Sisters, Associates and Compassion of the Divine Compassion tomorrow in the Chapel for Sr. Janet’s funeral services. Please know that the Sisters deeply appreciate all of your emails, calls and prayers for Sr. Janet.  We wish we could welcome you all to join us tomorrow, but ask, instead, that you pray in thanksgiving for our dear Sr. in celebration of her life and ministry.


Click here for a beautiful obituary-tribute to Janet Meehan that The Journal News published in their high school sports section. Janet really was a powerhouse for women in athletics.


Sr. Mary Lynn Kellogg congratulates Sr. Janet (on the right) on her Golden Jubilee!


Golden Jubilarians Sr. Ruth Murphy, Sr. Janet and Sr. Pat Sheridan


Sr. Janet and her Kennedy Catholic HS girls' track team