Sister Virginia Therese, baptized Eleanor Conway, was born on January 13, 1926, in Chicago. She and her brother William were the two children born to William C. and Eleanor (Brown) Conway. Her father was born in Rochester, New York, and was a broker. Her mother was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Sister Virginia gave very few details about her early life, only that her father traveled frequently, that the family had a summer home on Lake Michigan, and that one of the care-takers became a close friend with whom she had fond memories.
Sister Virginia was educated at St. Laurence Grade School and Aquinas High School. After graduating in 1944, she enrolled in Siena Heights College and studied full-time for two years before entering the postulate in June 23, 1946, at the age of twenty. The following year, her father died of a heart aneurysm on June 3, 1947.
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