Sister Miriam Anthony (Frances Marie) Carioto, 89, of Syracuse, died at the Franciscan Villa on June 19.
Frances Marie Carioto was born in Albany and was a graduate of Holy Names High School there.
Carioto entered the Sisters of St. Francis in Syracuse and took the name of Sister Miriam Anthony when she was invested with the Franciscan habit in 1952.
She received a teaching degree and went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Le Moyne College. Additionally, she completed a program in educational administration at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkhill in Rockland County and a national leadership workshop at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Carioto began her ministry at St. Joseph’s School in Utica. The majority of her 51 years of service were spent as a teacher or principal in schools in New York – including Cohoes, Utica, East Syracuse and Mattydale. The last 20 years of her school years were spent at St. Margaret’s in Mattydale.
Following her education career, Carioto was an administrative assistant in the Community Development Office of the Sisters of St. Francis and served the community as a receptionist in the business offices. Towards the end of her life, she served as a prayer minister at the Franciscan Villa.
Her obituary states that “Sister will be remembered for her smile which brightened the day, her deep love of family and community, her organizational skills, (and) enthusiasm as a principal …”
“Sister Miriam was my son’s principal at St. Matthew’s School, ”one person posted online. “She knew every student by name. She was firm, but very kind. You could tell she loved being there and loved the children under her care. ”
A private Mass will be held at St. Franciscan Villa. It may be viewed remotely on the Photos & Videos section of her obituary page at 11 am Monday.
A funeral Mass will take place at 10:30 am Tuesday at St. Pius X Church, 23 Crumitie Road, Loudonville. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, 1389 Central Ave., Colonie.
Donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, Congregational Development Office, 225 Greenfield Parkway, Suite 208, Liverpool, NY 13088.