Funeral for Sisters of Mercy to be Saturday at Mercy Center

BRIGHTON, N.Y. — The funeral for the two local Sisters of Mercy killed in a car crash – Sister Arlene Semesky and Sister Joanne Deck – is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the chapel at Mercy Center in Brighton.

The Mass will be livestreamed at

They were among four Sisters of Mercy, three from the Rochester area, who were involved in a crash while heading to Mass in Erie, Pa., on Sunday, July 16.

“Arlene was enthusiastic, larger than life. Joanne was quieter, but had a zest for life, and was just always present,” Sister Kathleen Wayne said during a recent Mass at St. Rita’s in Webster.