Baptized Geraldine Alice Foss, Sister Mary Declan was born on September 4, 1920, in Toledo, Ohio. She was the second of three children born to Carl and Eleanor (Casey) Foss. Her father was born into a Methodist family who lived in Boston. Her mother, born in Scartaglen, County Kerry, Ireland, came to the United States at an early age and was working as a telephone operator for the New York Central Railroad Depot in Toledo when she met her future husband, who worked in the same building as a telegrapher for the railroad.
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