“Webster Woman Dead, Others Injured in Pennsylvania Car Crash: Sister Arlene Semesky Identified as Victim”

By | July 17, 2023



On Sunday morning, a tragic car accident in Pennsylvania claimed the life of Sister Arlene Semesky, a beloved member of Rochester’s Sisters of Mercy. The accident occurred at the intersection of Gay Road and Lake Road in North East Township. The driver of a Chevy Equinox attempted to cross the intersection when a Dodge Ram collided with the driver’s side of the Equinox.

The impact caused the Equinox to roll over and come to a rest on its wheels in a nearby grass area. Both vehicles sustained significant damage. The Equinox was occupied by four members of the Sisters of Mercy, three from Webster and one from Nebraska. The Ram had two young boys, aged six and nine, as passengers.

Tragically, Sister Arlene Semesky, 79, died at the scene of the accident. The driver, Sister Joanne Deck from Webster, sustained major injuries and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The other passengers in the Equinox and the two boys from the Ram were also hospitalized for potential injuries. The exact cause of the crash remains unknown at this time.

Sister Arlene Semesky had been a dedicated member of the Sisters of Mercy for an incredible 59 years. Her loss is deeply felt within the Diocese of Rochester and the community as a whole. The Sisters of Mercy are known for their compassionate service and commitment to helping others, and Sister Arlene embodied these values throughout her life.

As the investigation into the accident continues, the community mourns the loss of Sister Arlene Semesky and prays for the recovery of those injured. The Sisters of Mercy will undoubtedly rally together to support one another during this difficult time, as they have always done in the face of adversity..