Wanting pro-life efforts to continue, Sr. Winifred chose to work with teens to prepare them for leadership in pro-life roles.

Sister Winifred Mary Lyons, Sister Mary Walter, was born December 25, 1942, in Yonkers, New York, one of two daughters of Walter and Rachel Quadrino Lyons. Winifred attended Saint Denis Elementary School in Yonkers, Saint Barnabas High School, the Bronx, and College of Mount Saint Vincent for one year before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1961. Sister Walter earned a BA in History from College of Mount Saint Vincent and an MS in Education from Queens College of City University of New York. She gained New York State Permanent Certification for Education (N–6) and Certification from Manhattan College, the Bronx, for Administration and Supervision in Education.

Sister Winifred’s forty-three years of ministry were devoted to education as a classroom teacher, school administrator and Assistant in the Schools Office of the Archdiocese of New York. As a teacher on the elementary level, Sister Winifred served in Saint Monica, Jamaica, New York, Saint John the Evangelist, Center Moriches, Saint Patrick, Bedford Village, Saint Peter, Haverstraw, and Sacred Heart, Dobbs Ferry. She was an intern administrator at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Staten Island, Assistant Principal at Sacred Heart, Dobbs Ferry, and the Administrator of Saint Mary in Yonkers. In her last nineteen years of education ministry, Sister Winifred promoted the Pro-Life programs of the Archdiocese of New York in elementary schools. When she retired from full-time ministry in 2008, she continued this work as a volunteer for ten years. In 2019, Sister Winifred joined the retirement community at Cabrini of Westchester in Dobbs Ferry, where she was residing at the time of her death on October 31, 2023, in her sixty-third year of commitment as a Sister of Charity of New York.

Sister Winifred often spoke tenderly of her memories of Saint Denis School, of a happy family life growing up in Yonkers, and of her sister, Kathie. Wanting pro-life efforts to continue, she chose to work with teens to prepare them for leadership in pro-life roles. During her leisure time, she enjoyed needlepoint, crochet, listening to music, and a crossword or puzzle book was always near at hand.

The evangelist Luke speaks of Mary, “Blest is she who trusted that the Lord’s words to her would be fulfilled” (1:45). Sister Winifred, you lived and served with trust in this faithful God who now calls you home. Go forward in peace to the full accomplishment of God’s promises.


Date of Death

October 31, 2023


Thursday, November 2, 2023
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
6301 Riverdale Avenue Bronx, NY 10471
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Thursday, November 2, 2023
11 a.m.
Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
6301 Riverdale Avenue Bronx, NY 10471
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Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY


Archdiocese of New York 

  • St. Monica, Jamaica, NY, Grades 1, 5, 1965-73, Teacher
  • St. John the Evangelist, Center Moriches, Grades 2,3,  1973-76, Teacher
  • St. Patrick, Bedford Village, Grade 2,5, 1976-78, Teacher
  • St. Peter, Haverstraw, Social Studies, Grades 7,8, 1978-80, Teacher
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea, Richmond, 1980-82, Intern Administrator
  • St. Mary, Yonkers, 1982-85, Administrator
  • Sacred Heart, Dobbs Ferry, 1985-86, Teacher, Grade 7
  • Sacred Heart, Dobbs Ferry, 1986-89, Teacher, Asst. Principal
  • Archdiocese of New York, 1989-90, Asst. for Special Projects in School’s Office
  • Archdiocese of New York, 1990-95, Pro-Life Coordinator for Schools
  • Archdiocese of New York, 1995-2008, Asst. Superintendent/Pro-Life