Sr. Justine Cyr, CBS, past superior general of the Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours and past provincial of the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA, died of natural causes Jan. 1 in Marriottsville, Md. She was 82.
Sr. Cyr was born in North Andover, Mass., in 1933 and joined the Sisters of Bon Secours in July 1952, taking her final profession on Sept. 8, 1960. She received nursing degrees from the Bon Secours School of Nursing in 1957 and Catholic University in 1966.
For many years, Sr. Cyr worked as a pediatric nurse, director of nursing, associate hospital administrator and hospital administrator in Bon Secours hospitals in Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Virginia, including in Grosse Pointe.
It was Sr. Cyr’s vision and leadership in the late 1970s that was the impetus for the formation of the national Bon Secours Health System in 1983. From 1973-77, she served as Bon Secours Health Care Facilities coordinator, the precursor to Bon Secours Health System. She also served as chairperson of the Bon Secours Health System board.
Sr. Cyr held many positions of leadership in the Congregation, and in 1979, she became provincial of the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA, a position she held until 1988.
From 1989-99, Sr. Cyr served the Congregation as superior general, a position she held for two terms. One of her major accomplishments was the restoration of the chapel in the Sisters of Bon Secours’ Motherhouse in Paris.
A funeral Mass was to be celebrated Jan. 6 in the chapel of the Retreat and Conference Center of Bon Secours in Marriottsville, Md. Sr. Cyr is predeceased by her brothers William (Buddy) Cyr and John Cyr. She is survived by a sister, Judy Morrison, and many nieces and nephews.