In Memoriam

Please join us in prayer for these recently deceased members of our Congregation:

Faithful God, grant our Sisters and Associates everlasting peace.

     They loved you greatly in this life.

May they be at home in Your Presence for time and eternity.

     So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are a part of us.

 

Sr. Mary Lou WrightSister Mary Lou Wright, (Carmella Marie), 79, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in her 63rd year, died at Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, Mass. on November 24, 2014. A native of Milford, Mass., she was the daughter of Herbert and Carmella (Consoletti) Wright.

Sister entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Mary Parish, Milford. She was graduated from St. Mary High School. She earned an A.B. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee; a M.S. degree from University of Detroit, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Sister Mary Lou taught one year at Cathedral Grammar School, Springfield, before beginning her graduate studies in biology. She was a member of the faculty at the College of Our Lady of the Elms since 1958. After her retirement in 2008 she continued to teach part-time through spring 2014. Over the years the many grants which she received, totaling over $750,000, made it possible for students to collaborate with her on research which they conducted during the summer and the academic year. Many of these students went on to follow careers in research and teaching themselves. Among her many achievements was the presenting of a paper at the XIII International Congress of Comparative Endocrinology in Yokohama, Japan.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her brothers, Herbert Wright of Milford, George Wright of Harwich Port, Mass., and her sister Florence Wright of Worcester.

The wake will take place at Mont Marie on Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with a prayer service at 10:30 a.m. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held in the Mont Marie Chapel on Saturday, November 29 at noon. Burial will follow in Mont Marie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 577 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.

Arrangements entrusted to the Sampson Family Chapels.

 

Sister Maria Edward FarrSister Maria Edward Farr, (Letitia), 96, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, Mass. on November 10, 2014. A native of Pittsfield, Mass., she was the daughter of Edward and Anna (Gavin) Farr.

Sister Maria Edward entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in 1937 from St. Charles Parish, Pittsfield. She graduated from St. Joseph High School, Pittsfield. She earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee.

Sister Maria Edward taught in the schools of the Diocese of Springfield in Holy Family, Our Lady of Hope, and Cathedral High School, Springfield; Blessed Sacrament, Greenfield; St. Mary, Northampton; St. Agnes, Dalton; Catholic Central Elementary and St. Mark, Pittsfield; in the Diocese of Worcester in St. Louis, Webster; Sacred Heart, Gardner and St. Stephen, Worcester. She also served as librarian at St. Mary, Longmeadow and in Developmental Reading at Holy Cross, Springfield and on the staff of the Bureau for Exceptional Children, Pittsfield.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her nephews, nieces and their families, including Kathleen Farr Gariepy of Florida, Maureen Farr Petruzella of Cheshire, Mass. and Carol Farr Chalifoux of Indiana. She was predeceased by her brothers, Donald and John Farr.

The wake will take place at Mont Marie on Tuesday, November 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 3:00 p.m. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held in the Mont Marie Chapel on Tuesday, November 11 at 5:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Mont Marie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 577 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.

Arrangements entrusted to the Sampson Family Chapels.

 

Sister Mary Dorothy DurettSister Mary Dorothy Durett, (Brenda), 96, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield died in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke on October 29, 2014. She was born in Burlington, Vermont, daughter of Coral and Melvina (LeClair) Durett.

Sister Mary Dorothy entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in 1937 from St. Joseph Parish, Pittsfield, Mass. She graduated from St. Joseph High School, Pittsfield and earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, Mass.

In the Diocese of Worcester Sr. Mary Dorothy taught in St. Mary School, Milford and St. Ann School, Worcester. From 1951 to 1980 she taught at St. Joseph High School, Pittsfield. Upon retiring from teaching she became a pastoral minister in St. Joseph Parish, Pittsfield, where she served until 2000.

In addition to her Sisters in community, she is survived by several cousins, grandnieces and their families. She was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy May Test.

The wake will take place at Mont Marie, Holyoke on November 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with a prayer service at 10:00 a.m. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be in Mont Marie Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Mont Marie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 577 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.

Arrangements entrusted to the Sampson Family Chapels.

 

 

Sister Veronica BrownSister Veronica Brown (Sister Maurice Joseph), 96, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died in Mont Marie Health Care Center on October 29, 2014. A native of Holyoke, she was the daughter of Maurice and Nora (Fitzgerald) Brown.

Sr. Veronica entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in 1937 from Holy Rosary Parish, Holyoke. She graduated from Holy Rosary High School and earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, Mass. Sister Veronica pursued additional studies at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester; Seton Hall, Orange, N.J.; American International College, Springfield and Stanstead College, Quebec, Canada.

Teaching assignments for Sr. Veronica, all in Massachusetts, included St. Mary’s, Milford; St. Mary’s, Northampton; Sacred Heart, Holyoke and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Hope, Springfield. She taught at Cathedral High School, Springfield from 1959 to 1993, becoming in 2000 one of the first honorees to receive the St. Joseph Medal for her commitment to Cathedral.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her nieces, Noreen Lagimonier of Holyoke, Kathleen Phillips of So. Yarmouth, Theresa Rivest of Ludlow, Mary Lou Krause of So. Hadley, Marian Kirley of Maryland and several other nieces and nephews and their families. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Brown of Holyoke and Stella Brown of Chicopee. She was predeceased by her eight siblings, Sr. Gertrude Brown, SSJ; Mary Clancy; and Francis, Maurice, Vincent, Stephen, Joseph and Thomas Brown.

The wake will take place at Mont Marie on November 4 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 3:00 p.m. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held in the Mont Marie Chapel at 5:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Mont Marie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 577 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.

Arrangements entrusted to the Sampson Family Chapels.

 

Sister Eileen RyanSister Eileen Ryan, (Margaret Catherine), 88, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, Mass. on October 13, 2014. She was born in Stamford, Conn., daughter of Lawrence and Catherine (McKeon) Ryan. Sister Eileen entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in 1945 from St. Mary Parish, Newport, RI. She was graduated from St. Catherine Academy, Newport. She earned a B.A. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, Mass. and a M.A.T. degree from Assumption College. She also did graduate work at Northwestern, West Virginia and Loyola Universities.

Sister Eileen taught at St. Jerome High School, Holyoke, St. Peter High School, Worcester, and Sacred Heart High School, Pawtucket, RI early in her career and at Cathedral High School, Springfield from 1954-1980. Her last teaching assignment was at St. Joseph High School, Pittsfield. She held various staff positions at Mont Marie, Holyoke including assistant director of the Conference Center and director of Companion Ministry.

In addition to her sisters in community, she is survived by her sister, Catherine M. Olson of Wrentham, Mass. and by her nephews, Robert Olson of West Newbury, Mass.; Steven Olson of Colebrook, NH; and Christopher Olson of Neenah, WI. She was predeceased by her sister, Margaret Ryan, SSJ. The wake will take place at Mont Marie on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held in the Mont Marie Chapel on October 16, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Mont Marie Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 577 Carew St., Springfield, Mass. 01104. Arrangements entrusted to the Sampson Family Chapels.

 

Sr. Cecile PoitrasSister Anne Marie Cecile Poitras, (Sr. Francis Regis), 84, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died in Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke Mass. on September 28, 2014. A native of Fall River, Mass., she was the daughter of Joseph and Marie Louise (Paradis) Poitras. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of LePuy at Fall River from St. Anne Parish, Fall River, in 1947. She graduated from Novitiate High School in Fall River and earned a B.A from Annhurst College, Woodstock, Conn. She became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield when the two Communities merged in 1974.

Sister Cecile served as teacher at St. Roch’s, St. Jean Baptiste, and St. Matthew Schools, all in Fall River; St. Joseph School and St. Mary’s Home, both in New Bedford; St. Michael School, Ocean Grove and St. Joseph School, Vinton, LA. She spent many years in Louisiana working with students with behavior disorders before becoming a pastoral assistant at St. Patrick Church, Ferriday, LA. She was pastoral assistant at St. Clement Church, Plaquemine, LA and later ministered in Senior Services at St. John the Evangelist Church in Plaquemine where she worked until a few months before her death.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her sisters Lillian Marie Poitras of Fall River and Antoinette Marie Aubin of Westport, Mass. She was predeceased by her Sisters Beatrice Marie Chretien, Louise Marie Vick, and by her brothers Frank Esdras Poitras, Louis Joseph Poitras, and Joseph Henri Poitras.

The wake will take place at Mont Marie on Thursday October 2 from 2:00 to 4:30 with a Prayer Service at 3:00. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will follow at 5:00 in the Mont Marie Chapel. Burial will follow in Mont Marie cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Mont Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Rd., Holyoke, Mass. 01040-2739.

 

Sr. Pat RichieSister Patricia Ritchie, (Mary Albert), 77, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield for 59 years, died August 21, 2014 in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, Mass. Born in Springfield, Mass., she was the daughter of Mary F. (McIntyre) (Ritchie) Seymour and Albert Ritchie, who died in 1942, and the stepdaughter of George A. Seymour.

Sister Patricia entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Michael's Cathedral Parish, Springfield. She was graduated from Cathedral High School and earned an A.B. from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, Mass. and an M.A. Ed. from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Her teaching positions included Holy Trinity School, Greenfield and St. Peter's School, Worcester. She was Coordinator of the Mont Marie Conference Center and later secretary in the Social Security and Medical Insurance Office at Mont Marie.

In addition to her Sisters in community, she is survived by her twin brother Philip and his wife Joan of Warwick, RI; by her sisters-in-law Barbara Ritchie of Springfield and Dorothy Ritchie of Feeding Hills, Mass.; and by her nephew David of Springfield. She was predeceased by her brother Albert Ritchie.

In accord with Sister Patricia's wishes a graveside committal service will take place at Mont Marie cemetery on Tuesday, August 26 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of a wake a gathering with Sister Patricia's family will follow. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place in Mont Marie Chapel at 4:00 p.m. that day.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Mont Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Rd. Holyoke, MA 01040-2739.

Arrangements entrusted to the Sampson Family Chapels.

 

LoudonSrMariaLouise1webSister Maria Louise Loudon, (Shirley), 91, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield for 72 years, died in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, on August 7, 2014. A native of Holyoke, Mass., she was the daughter of Raymond and Emma (Tagliabue) Loudon.

 

Sister Maria Louise entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from Sacred Heart Parish Holyoke.  She was graduated from Sacred Heart High School and earned an A.B. degree from The College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee.  Later in life, Sister also received education in nursing science, earning a LPN at Dean Vocational School, Holyoke, an Associate in Science in Nursing at Springfield Technical Community College, and a BSN at the College of Our Lady of the Elms.

Sister Maria Louise taught in the Diocese of Springfield at Holy Family School and Cathedral High School, Springfield and St. Joseph School, Pittsfield.  She served as a nurse at Providence Hospital, Holyoke; Municipal Hospital, Springfield; Springfield Visiting Nurses Association, Jewish Nursing Home, and Child Care in Home and Interim Care, Springfield.  She was a Clinical Instructor at the College of Our Lady of the Elms. She retired in 2000.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her sister-in-law Cecilia Loudon of Holyoke and a niece and nephews and their families. She is predeceased by her two brothers, Reid and David.

The wake will take place at Mont Marie on Monday, August 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 3:00 p.m. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held in the Mont Marie Chapel on Monday, August 11 at 5:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Mont Marie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Mont Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Rd., Holyoke, Mass. 01040-2739

 

GouldSrBetteWebSister Bette Gould, (Helen Charles), 75, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, in her 57th year of religious life, died in Holyoke on June 26. A native of North Adams, Mass., she was the daughter of Charles and Helen (Toohey) Gould.

Sister Bette entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Francis Parish in North Adams. She graduated from St. Joseph High School, North Adams and earned an A.B. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, Mass. She earned an M.A. Ed. from Assumption College, Worcester and an M.A. in Pastoral Studies and Theology from Loyola University, Chicago.

Sister served as superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Springfield from 1984 to 2005. Previous to that, she ministered in the schools of the Diocese as a teacher at Holy Trinity, Greenfield and Blessed Sacrament, Holyoke; as both teacher and later principal at St. Joseph High School, North Adams; principal at St. Joseph High School, Pittsfield, and as principal at Our Lady of Hope School, Springfield. She worked at the Christian Education Center in Springfield and as curriculum coordinator for the Diocese of Springfield. In 2005, Sr. Bette began her ministry at East Catholic High School, Manchester Conn. serving for two years as interim principal and until very recently as coordinator of the school's mentoring program. Sister also served as a Police Commissioner for the city of Springfield, Mass. from 1993 to 1995.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her sister, Helene Gajda of North Adams, her brother John Gould of Williamstown, Mass. and several nieces and nephews. Sister was predeceased by her brother Richard Gould of Adams, Mass. .

The wake will take place at Mont Marie in Holyoke on Monday, June 30, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. The liturgy of Christian Burial will be held in the Mont Marie Chapel on Monday at 5:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Mont Marie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 34 Lower Westfield Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040-2739.

Arrangements entrusted to the Sampson Family Chapels.

 

KaneSrEmily-100 6741WebSister Emily Kane, (Sr. John Mary), 91, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph for 73 years, died in Mont Marie Health Care Center on June 4, 2014. A native of Westfield, Mass., she was the daughter of John and Emily (McKay) Kane.

Sister Emily entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Mary Parish, Westfield. She earned an A.B. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, Mass. and a M.A. from Assumption College, Worcester, Mass.

Sister Emily taught in the Diocese of Providence at St. Joseph School, Newport, R.I; in the Diocese of Springfield at Cathedral High School and Holyoke Catholic High School; in the Diocese of Worcester at St. Ann High School and St. Stephen High School. She also served in the Worcester Diocesan Office and as director of CCD at St. Patrick Parish, Whitinsville, Mass. She was also pastoral minister at St. Mary Parish, Thorndike, Mass. She served as a tutor at the Gray House in Springfield.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her brother Edward Kane of California.

The wake will take place at Mont Marie on Tuesday, June 10 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with a prayer service at 10:00. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place in the Mont Marie Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Mont Marie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Mont Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040-2739.

Arrangements entrusted to the Sampson Family Chapels.

 

Sister Mary Dominica GallagherSister Mary Dominica Gallagher, (Catherine), 102, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, died on June 1, 2014 in Mountain View Center, Rutland, Vt. a few days after her 85th anniversary of becoming a Sister of St. Joseph. Born in North Walpole, N.H., she was the daughter of Thomas and Bridget Gallagher.

Sister Dominica entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Vermont from St. Peter’s Parish, North Walpole, N.H. She was educated in the North Walpole schools.  She became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in 2001 when the two Communities merged. 

Sister Dominica ministered to her community as cook for many years in St. Michael Convent, Brattleboro; St. Francis Convent, Bennington; St. Charles Convent, Bellows Falls and Mt. St. Joseph Convent, Rutland.  Later she served as infirmarian at Mt. St. Joseph Convent, Rutland. In 1991 she retired at St. Joseph Residence where she served as a volunteer visiting the sick in nursing homes.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by several nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. She also is survived by Pamela Merritt and Alice Heath, both of Rutland, for whom she cared in their young lives. Sister Dominica was predeceased by all ten of her siblings.

The wake will take place in St. Peter Church, Convent Avenue, Rutland, Vt. starting at 10:00 a.m. on June 9, 2014. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will follow in St. Peter Church at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Rutland at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 34 Lower Westfield Rd., Holyoke, MA, 01040-2739. 

 

Sr. Mary Anne NolanSister Mary Anne Nolan, (Christopher John), 84, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield died in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, Mass. on May 10, 2014.  Born in North Adams, Mass., she was the daughter of John and Anne (Merrigan) Nolan.  She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Francis Parish, North Adams in 1950 after graduating from St. Joseph High School, North Adams and earning an A. B. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, Mass.

Sister Mary Anne taught in the Diocese of Springfield in Holy Family School, Our Lady of Hope School, and St. Matthew School, Springfield; Holy Rosary School and Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Holyoke; St. Thomas School, West Springfield; St. Mary School, Westfield, and Annunciation School, Northampton.  In the Diocese of Providence she taught in SacredHeartSchool, Pawtucket and St.Francis School, Warwick. She served on the staff at the College of Our Lady of the Elms and as Pastoral Minister at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Southwick, Mass.  For nearly twenty years she was an Editorial Production Associate for the Catholic Communications Corporation, continuing to assist there into the early years of her retirement to Mont Marie.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her nephews John Nolan (Susan) of North Adams, Mass.; William Nolan (Brenda) of Clarksburg, Mass.; her niece Patricia Jerwick (John) of Hagerstown, Maryland; and her sister-in-law Sally Nolan of North Adams. She was predeceased by her brother John Nolan of North Adams and Sr. Therese Nolan of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

The wake will take place at Mont Marie on Wednesday, May 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 3:00 p.m. The Liturgy of Christian Burial in Mont Marie Chapel will be at 5:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Mont Marie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Mont Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Rd., Holyoke, MA  01040-2739.

 

 

CormierSrDominicMariecropsSister Dominic Marie Cormier, (Anastasia), 98, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in her 79th year in the Congregation, died in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, Mass., on April 2. A native of Milford, Mass., she was the daughter of Dominic and Anastasia (McCann) Cormier.

Sister Dominic Marie received her early education at St. Mary School, Milford and was graduated from St. Mary High School. She earned an A.B. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee. She taught in the schools of the Worcester Diocese at St. Stephen School, Worcester and St. Joseph School, Leicester; in the Springfield Diocese at Holy Rosary School, Holyoke and in the Providence Diocese at St. Joseph School, Newport and St. Francis School, Warwick. She also served as clerk/receptionist at the Tri-Valley Elder Care Center, Uxbridge, Mass. She became a resident of St. Joseph Retirement Residence at Mont Marie in 1992. In 2004 she became a resident of Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her sister-in-law Lucy Cormier of Milford, Mass.; her niece, Yvonne Kozlowski of Milford and her nephews Edmund, Paul and Burton Cormier of Northbridge, Mass., Brooksville, Fla., and Bellingham, Mass., respectively. She was predeceased by her brothers, Burton, Joseph and Francis Cormier.

The wake will take place at Mont Marie on Saturday, April 5 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. with a Prayer Service at 10:00 a.m. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held in the Mont Marie Chapel on Saturday, April 5 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Mont Marie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Mont Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040-2739.

Arrangements entrusted to the Sampson Family Chapels.

 

Sister Stella BurkeSister Stella Marie Burke, (Sister Saint Gregory), 102, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield for 77 years, died on March 8, 2014 at Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, Mass. Born in Laconia, N.H., she was the daughter of Joseph and Roseanna (Auger) Burke.

Sister Stella entered the Sisters of St Joseph of Rutland in 1937 from Sacred Heart Parish, Bennington, Vermont.  She became a Sister of St. Joseph of Springfield in 2001 when the two Communities merged.  Sister was graduated from Mt. St. Joseph Novitiate High School in Rutland, Vermont. She earned her BS degree at Nazareth College, Rochester, N.Y.

Among Sister Stella’s teaching assignments in Vermont were St. Francis de Sales, Bennington; St. Charles, Bellows Falls; St. Michael’s, Brattleboro; St. Mary’s, Fair Haven; St. Peter’s and Mt. St. Joseph, Rutland; Brandon Training School and College of St. Joseph the Provider, where she served on the library staff. In her retirement she resided at Mount St. Joseph, Rutland and then Mont Marie, Holyoke, Mass.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her niece, Janet Rogers of Bennington, Vermont. She was predeceased by her sister, Sr. Ann Francis Burke, and by her brothers Joseph Lionel Burke and Joseph G. “Jim” Burke.

 

Sister Ellen BarrySister Ellen Therese Barry (Ellen Mary), 96, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, in her 76th year in the Congregation, died in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, MA on January 20, 2014.  A native of Bellows Falls, VT, she was the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Loughlin) Barry.

Sister Ellen Therese entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Vermont in 1938 from St. Charles Parish, Bellows Falls, VT.  She became a Sister of St. Joseph of Springfield in 2001 when the two communities merged.  She was graduated from Bellows Falls High School.  She earned an A.B. degree from Regis College, Weston, MA.

Sister taught in Christ the King School and St. Peter School, Rutland, VT and at St. Mary School, Fair Haven, VT.  She was at Sacred Heart School, Bennington, VT for close to 30 years, serving as teacher and also as Principal. In her retirement she resided in Bennington, continuing her warm association with former students, colleagues and friends.

In addition to her Sisters in community she is survived by her nephews David Barry of Florida and James Barry of Georgia and by her niece, Judith Bowen of East Dorset, VT. She also leaves her friend and caretaker of many years, Doris Maguire and her family of Bennington, VT.

 

VanHoutenSrCatherinecropSister Catherine Van Houten (Richard Anne), 66, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in her 49th year in the community, died on January 12, 2014. Born in Chicago, IL she was the daughter of Richard and Anna (Murphy) Van Houten. Sister Catherine entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from Holy Name Parish, Springfield, Mass. She was graduated from Cathedral High School, Springfield. She earned an A.B. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, Mass., and a M.A. from Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn.

Sister Catherine taught at St. Mark's School, Pittsfield and Sacred Heart and Blessed Sacrament Schools, Holyoke. She also taught at Holyoke Catholic High School before becoming Principal of St. Matthew School, Indian Orchard. Sister was an Administrator at St. Bridget School, Manchester, Conn. She subsequently served in the Catholic schools of the Bridgeport Diocese as religious educator and librarian. She was a spiritual director, offering private direction, programs and retreats, often in conjunction with Mercy Center at Madison, Madison, Conn. An accomplished potter, Sister Catherine was a member of Wesleyan Potters in Connecticut; she was to become President of the organization in the near future.

In addition to her Sisters in community, she is survived by her siblings, Adrienne Bagnall of Wilmington, N.C., Rita Van Houten of Orlando, Fla., Jon Van Houten of Easthampton, Mass., and Steven Van Houten of Jaffrey, N.H.

 

 

McGuirkCropWebSister Sheila McGuirk (Frances Edward), 69, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, Mass. on January 2, 2014. A native of Worcester, she was the daughter of Edward and Frances (O’Connor) McGuirk. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Peter Parish, Worcester in 1964.

Sister Sheila was graduated from St. Peter High School, Worcester and earned a B.A. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, Mass. and certification in Clinical Pastoral Education from Danvers State Hospital.

Sister ministered to residents in several facilities including Mont Marie, Holyoke; Mercy Hospital, Springfield; Falls Nursing Home, South Hadley; Beaven-Kelly Home, Holyoke; and Spruce Manor Nursing Home and Providence Home Care. She also served at Jericho in Holyoke, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield and The Open Window, Chicopee. From 1971-76 Sr. Sheila had the rank of Airman Basic in the Massachusetts Air National Guard, serving in the medical dispensary at Barnes Municipal Airport, Westfield, Mass.

In addition to her Sisters in community she is survived by many loving cousins.

 

MaryDooleyfinalwebSister Mary Dooley, (Eleanor Maria), 90, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in her 70th year in the Congregation, died on  November 14  in the Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, MA.  Born in Cambridge, MA, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Mary (O’Neil) Dooley.

Sister Mary Dooley entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, MA from St. Philip Parish, Grafton, MA.  Her early education was in the parochial schools of Worcester and she was graduated from St. Stephen High School, Worcester. She earned a B.A. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, MA and a M.A. from Assumption College, Worcester.  She earned a Ph.D. from the Sorbonne, Paris, France and a Doctor of Divinity from Aquinas Institute, Dubuque, Iowa.  She was awarded Honorary Doctorates from American International College, Assumption College, Fitchburg State College and College of Our Lady of the Elms.

Sister Mary taught at St. Joseph High School, North Adams from 1947-1965 and at the College of Our Lady of the Elms from 1968-1971.  From 1971-79 she served as President of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield and from 1979-1993 as President of the College of Our Lady of the Elms. She also held the office of National President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and was an official delegate to the Installations of Popes John Paul I and John Paul II. 

Among the many honors which Sister Mary received were: the Pynchon Award, presented by the Advertising Club of Springfield; the National Human Relations Award by the Connecticut-Western Massachusetts Region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews; the Via Veritatis Medal, presented by Elms College; and Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques from the Government of France.

Sister Mary Dooley retired to Mont Marie St. Joseph residence in 2003 and entered Mont Marie Health Care Center in 2004.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her sister, Eleanor Dooley, SSJ of Holyoke and by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers Richard and Francis Dooley.

 

Sister Joseph Anne MoranSister Joseph Anne (Mary) Moran, 95, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died on November 2 at Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke.

Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of Michael and Sarah (McMahon) Moran. Sister Joseph Anne entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, MA in 1936 from St. Stephen Parish, Worcester. Her early education was at St. Stephen School; she graduated from St. Stephen High School in 1936. She earned a B.A. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee and a M.Ed. from Boston College.

Sister Joseph Anne's teaching assignments were at St. Mary High School, Milford, MA, where she taught modern languages, and the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, MA, where she was a member of the Modern Language Department. Sister served as Dean of Students ('63-'75), Director of Financial Aid ('75-78) and Registrar ('78-'93) at the College of Our Lady of the Elms.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her sister, Teresa Moran, SSJ of Pittsfield, MA and by her brothers Joseph Moran and James Moran, both of Worcester, MA. She was predeceased by her sister Anna Patrice (Rita) Moran, SSJ and by her brothers John Moran and Francis Moran.

 

Sister Marion HurleySister Marion Hurley, (Margaret Eugene), 95, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke on November 2.

A native of Holyoke, MA, she was the daughter of Eugene and Margaret (Hannon) Hurley. Sister Marion entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in 1936 from St. Jerome Parish, Holyoke.

Her early education was at St. Jerome School and she graduated from St. Jerome High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, MA. Sister Marion ministered in the Diocese of Springfield as a teacher at St. Joseph School, North Adams; as teacher and principal at St. Mary School, Northampton and as principal at St. Jerome High School, Holyoke; she was a teacher in the Diocese of Providence at St. Joseph (Hazard Memorial) School, Newport and in the Diocese of Worcester at St. Stephen High School, Worcester and St. Mary, Southbridge.

From 1971-1979 she served on the Executive Board of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She was on the staff of the College of Our Lady of the Elms' Alumnae Library from 1979-2002; continuing as a volunteer after her retirement. Sister Marion joined the St. Joseph Residence at Mont Marie in 2005.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her sister Eleanor Morrissey of Holyoke and her brother Robert Hurley of Deerfield Beach, FL and their families. She was predeceased by her brother Eugene Hurley of Spencer, MA.

 

Sister Elizabeth Marie MorrisseySr. Elizabeth Marie Morrissey, (Ruth Frances), 87, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died on October 27 in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, MA. Born in Woonsocket, RI she was the daughter of Eugene and Elizabeth (Mahon) Morrissey.

Sister Elizabeth entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Vermont in 1954 from Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Burlington, VT.  She became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in 2001 when the two Communities merged.  She was graduated from Mt.St. Mary Academy, Burlington, VT, and  earned a B.S. degree from Trinity College, Burlington and a M.A. degree from Providence College, Providence, R.I.

Sister Elizabeth taught at Mt. St. Joseph Academy, Rutland, VT and at Bennington Catholic High School, Bennington. She also served at the College of St. Joseph the Provider, Rutland as faculty member, and Director of Admissions, 1964-65; Academic Dean, 1965-72; and in Public Relations and Development, 1978-82.  Sister Elizabeth held several positions of service in her Congregation: Director of Postulants, two terms as President, and Director of the co-member program.  She retired to St. Joseph Residence, Rutland in 2004.

In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her sister Grace Morrissey of Burlington, VT, and by two brothers, Eugene Morrissey of Burlington and John Morrissey of Stowe, VT and their families. 

 

Sister Doris GravesSister Doris Graves (Sr. Maria Vincent), 81, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, MA on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Born in Millbury, MA, she was the daughter of William and Irene (Callaghan) Graves.

Sister Doris entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, MA in 1950 from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Millbury. She graduated from Millbury Public Schools and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, MA. She also pursued further studies in mathematics at Boston College, Fordham University, University of Massachusetts and Purdue University.

Sister Doris served for 45 years as a teacher in the Mathematics Department of Cathedral High School, Springfield, MA. After her retirement in 1997, she worked in the Mont Marie Development Office as an assistant.

In addition to her Sisters in Community she is survived by her siblings Edith Eileen Eramo and Albert Leroy Graves, both of Millbury, MA; Margaret Mary Dahlstrom of North Grafton, MA; and James Charles Graves of Sutton, MA. She was predeceased by her siblings William Herbert Graves, Maurice Bernard Graves, John Terrence Graves, Patricia Ann Thomas, and Janet Irene Graves.

 

 

SrAndreaSister Andrea Levesque (Sr. St. George), 94, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, died in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, MA on October 1.  A native of Fall River, MA she was the daughter of George and Maria (Ledoux) Levesque.

Sister Andrea graduated from Jesus Marie Academy, Fall River and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in Fall River in 1934. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Fall River and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield merged in 1974.  She earned a B.A. degree and a M.Ed. degree from Rivier College in Nashua, NH.

Sister Andrea ministered in the Fall River Diocese as a teacher at St. Jean Baptiste School and at St. Joseph Prep and as Secretary-Treasurer of St. Joseph Montessori School, Fall River and in St. Joseph School, New Bedford.  She also taught in St. Joseph High School, Conway, Arkansas, St.Peter High School, Worcester and Cathedral High School, Springfield.  She served as Mistress of Novices for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Fall River for 16 years and also as Director of Education for the Community. She joined the staff of Mont Marie, Holyoke in 1991 and retired in 1999. 

 

   

 

WalshSrMargaretCrop copySister Margaret E. Walsh, (Denis Mary), beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in her 58th year of religious life, died in Holyoke on August 27, 2013. Born in Northampton, Mass. she was the daughter of Denis and Dora (Glover) Walsh.

Sister entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Mary Parish, Northampton. Sister graduated from St. Michael High School, Northampton. She received an A.B. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, an M.A. from Assumption College, Worcester, and a M.A. from LaSalle University,and a Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education from St. Anne's Hospital, Fall River, Mass.

Sister ministered in the Springfield Diocese as a teacher at Holy Trinity School, Greenfield; Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School and Holy Name School, Springfield; Sacred Heart School, and St. Jerome School, Holyoke and Annunciation School, Florence. She served as secretary at the Diocesan Religious Education Office, Springfield. She ministered in the Worcester Diocese as a teacher at St. Peter and St. Peter-Marian Schools and as a Pastoral Associate at St. Patrick Parish, Whitinsville. In the Fall River Diocese she taught at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro. In 2010, Sister entered the Health Care Center where she continued her outreach ministry to others.

 

LafondSr.CecileMem100 2120Sister Cecile Lafond, (formerly known as Sister St. Veronique), 93, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield for 75 years, died in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, on July 8, 2013. She was born in Fall River, Mass., the daughter of Rodolphe and Florestina (Lavellee) Lafond.

Sister Cecile entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Fall River from St. Matthew Parish, Fall River. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Fall River merged with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in 1974. She was graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, Fall River and earned a B.A. degree from Rivier College, Nashua, N.H and a M.A. degree from Assumption College, Worcester, MA. She was awarded a fellowship by the French government for one year's study in Paris; she was also awarded a Fulbright travel grant by the United States government. She studied at I'Institut Catholique and the Sorbonne, Paris, France. Sister also did graduate work at Tufts University and the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Sister Cecile taught in the Diocese of Fall River at St. Jean Baptiste and Blessed Sacrament Schools, Fall River and St. Michael School, Swansea, Mass. For many years she was an instructor at St. Joseph Prep and St. Joseph Teachers' Institute in Fall River. She served as librarian and instructor at Divine Heart Seminary, Donaldson, Texas in the early seventies. She was on the administrative staff of St. Louis School, Webster, Mass. Sister joined St. Joseph Residence at Mont Marie in 1992 where she was the coordinator of the Retirement and Formation libraries.

 

SLarkinMartinaAnneCopyister Martina Anne Larkin, (Mary Rita), 93, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in her 58th year, died April 15, 2013 in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke. A native of Great Barrington, MA, she was the daughter of Martin and Anna (O’Neil) Larkin.

Sister Martina entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Peter’s Parish, Great Barrington after having been a member of the faculty of Searles High School, Great Barrington for several years. She was graduated from Searles High School and earned a B. A. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, MA. She also pursued graduate studies in Latin at Georgetown University and Boston College.

In the Diocese of Worcester Sr. Martina taught at St. Peter High School, Worcester; St. Mary High School, Milford; and St. Mary High School, Southbridge and in the Rhode Island Diocese at Sacred Heart High School, Pawtucket. In the Diocese of Springfield she taught at St. Mary High School, Westfield; and St. Jerome High School, Holyoke as well as serving as librarian at St. Mary’s and Holyoke Catholic High School. She retired to St. Joseph Residence, Mont Marie, Holyoke where she served on the support staff of the Child Care Center and the Office of Peace and Justice.

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Sister Julia Marie Walsh (Teresa Ann), 93, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died in Holyoke, Mass. on December 3, 2012. A native of Rutland, Vt. she was the daughter of the late James and Julia (McNamara) Walsh.

Sister Julia was graduated from Mt. St. Joseph Academy, Rutland, and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rutland in 1943 from Christ the King Parish, Rutland. She became a Sister of St. Joseph of Springfield in 2001 when the two Communities merged. She earned a B.A. degree from the College of St. Joseph the Provider, Rutland and a M.A. from Boston College. Sister Julia taught at St. Peter School, Christ the King School and Mt. St. Joseph Academy in Rutland. She was a member of the faculty and administration at the former St. Joseph College in Bennington, Vt. and served as President from 1966-70. She later served as executive secretary to the president of the Congregation and administrative assistant in the Guidance Office of Mt. St. Joseph Academy. Sister retired to Mt. St. Joseph Convent, Rutland and moved to Mont Marie Health Care Center in Holyoke in 2005.

 

img AssadSrLouiseMarie 5169 copySister Louise Marie Assad, (Agnes), 96, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died on November 11, 2012 in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, Mass. A native of Worcester, she was the daughter of the late John M. and Louise (Nader)

Sister entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in 1935 from Our Lady of the Mercy Parish, Worcester. She received her early education at Sacred Heart School, Worcester and was graduated from Commerce High School, Worcester, in 1934. She earned an A.B. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee and an M.A. degree there in 1957. She received State Certification as a Remedial Reading Teacher in

Among Sister Louise’s teaching assignments were the following schools: St. Stephen, Worcester, Sacred Heart, Holyoke, Holy Family, Springfield, Sacred Heart, Pawtucket, RI, St. Mary, Southbridge. She returned to St. Stephen, Worcester for her final teaching years. Sister retired at Mont Marie, Holyoke in 1989 where she made beautiful crocheted spreads for the Annual Craft Festival.

 

img ClarkSrGertrude-100 8106crop copySister Gertrude Anna Clark, (Marguerita Maria), 91, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died on September 12, 2012 in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke. A native of Pittsfield, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Gilman R. and Anna G. (Burke) Clark.

Sister Gertrude entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1947 from St. Joseph Parish, Pittsfield, having graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1939 and Berkshire Business School in 1941. She completed her business training at Chicago University Extension. For many years she worked in the Business Office at the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Mass. In 1971 she joined the Mont Marie support staff where she provided invaluable service to the Congregation.

 

 

 

 

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Sister Mary Fidelis McLee,
(Margaret Elizabeth), 88, died on July 28, 2012 at Mont Marie Health Care Center in Holyoke, Mass. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of William and Mary (Kenny) McLee.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rutland, Vt. on September 8, 1943 and made her final profession on August 24, 1949. She became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in 2001 when the two Communities merged. Sister Mary Fidelis ministered during her nearly 69 years of religious life in Vermont, Arizona and Florida.

 

 

 

 

img-DolanSrPatricia1Sister Patricia Anne Dolan, 80, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in her 43rd year, died on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in Rutland, Vt.  Born in Rutland, she was the daughter of John and Caroline (Dye) Dolan.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Vermont in 1969 from Christ the King Parish, Rutland. She became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in 2001 when the two Communities merged. She attended Christ the King School and was graduated from Rutland High School. She attended Mary Washington College, University of Virginia and graduated from The College of St. Joseph the Provider in Rutland.

Sister served at Christ the King School, Rutland as teacher and as resource aide for nearly thirty years. Sr. Patricia was an avid sportswoman, having worked in the Rutland Recreation Department for 18 years prior to entering the Sisters of St. Joseph. She also received awards from the Regional and Vermont State Poetry Contest and National Education Contest for several years in succession.

 
 

img-2007SAFairfield,AliciaMSister Alicia Maria (Elizabeth) Fairfield, 90, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in her 71st year, died on May 29, 2012 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of Frederick F. and Mary (Donahue) Fairfield. Sister Alicia attended elementary and secondary school in Melbourne, Fla., and then entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Massachusetts from St. Mary Parish, Southbridge. 

For over 50 years her ministry was to provide service to her Sisters in community, first as cook and later as a certified nursing assistant.  She earned a Certificate in Advanced Food Service Studies and served at the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, and at the former Motherhouse of the Community in Springfield, and at Mont Marie and Mary Immaculate, both in Holyoke.  After successfully completing the Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program, Sister served at Mont Marie Health Care Center. In 1993 she retired at Sr. Joseph Residence, Mont Marie.  She became a resident of Mont Marie Health Care Center in 2005.

img-2009SA-KilfeatherAJ-100Sister Anna James Kilfeather, (Margaret), 96, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in her 78th year, died on April 21, 2012 in the Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, Massachusetts. A native of Pittsfield, Mass., she was the daughter of James and Hannah (O’Neill) Kilfeather. Sister entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Charles Parish, Pittsfield. She earned A.B. and M.A. degrees from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee.

Sister Anna James taught in the schools of the Springfield Diocese in Sacred Heart, Holyoke, St. Joseph, North Adams, and St. Mary, Northampton; in the Worcester Diocese in St. Louis, Webster and in the Providence Diocese in Sacred Heart, Pawtucket. She served as the assistant treasurer, the secretary-treasurer and treasurer of the Congregation over a period of twelve years. She also worked in the Finance Department of the Marian Center in Holyoke and in her retirement she assisted as support staff at Mont Marie.

  

img-SA2011-DoranSrRichardFrSister Richard Francis Doran, (Josephine C.), 88, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in her 71st year, died on April 20, 2012 in Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke. A native of Worcester she was the daughter of the late John and Josephine (Hanley) Doran.

Sister received her elementary and secondary education at Sacred Heart Academy, Worcester.She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Anne Parish, Worcester. She earned a B.A. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee and pursued graduate studies at Wellesley College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the University of Rhode Island. Sister taught at St. Thomas School, West Springfield and at Cathedral High School, Springfield for many years and was very active as a teacher in parish religious education. For several years she was the director of Summer Vacation School at Goose Bay Air Force Base, Labrador, Canada.  After her retirement from school, she joined the staff of the Development Office at Mont Marie, Holyoke. She retired to St. Joseph Residence, Mont Marie in 2003.

 

img-SA2011-SharonSrEdwardMaSister Edward Maria Sharron, (Elizabeth), 87, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in her 71st year in the Congregation, died in Mont Marie Health Care Center in Holyoke, Mass. on March 6, 2012. A native of North Adams, she was the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Moore) Sharron.

Sister Edward Maria entered the Congregation from St. Francis Parish, North Adams.  She was graduated from St. Joseph High, North Adams and earned an A.B. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, Mass.

In the Diocese of Springfield Sister Edward Maria ministered as a teacher at Holy Name, Cathedral Grammar and Holy Family Schools in Springfield; at St. Thomas School, West Springfield and St. Joseph School, Pittsfield. She taught in the Diocese of Worcester at St. Mary School, Milford.  She served on the parish support staffs at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish and Our Lady of Hope Parish, Springfield and at the Bishop’s Residence. Sister retired in 2004 and became a resident of Mont Marie in 2007.

 

img-Corley,Mary-100 3344Sister Mary Ann Corley, (Margaret Joseph), 88, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in her 56th year, died in Mont Marie Health Care Center in Holyoke on February 14, 2012. She was born in County Doone, Ireland, the daughter of John and Margaret (Gorman) Corley. Sister Mary entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from the former Holy Rosary Parish, Holyoke, having graduated from Holy Rosary High School.  She earned an AB degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee and a M.Ed. from Boston University.

In the Diocese of Worcester Sister Mary taught in St. Ann High School.  In the Springfield Diocese she taught at St. Joseph High School, Pittsfield; St. Joseph High School, North Adams and Holyoke Catholic High School where she served for thirty years.  She retired in 2000 and became a member of the St. Joseph Retirement Residence in 2004. In 2005 she became a member of Mont Marie Health Care Center. Her love of music continued all her life.

 

img-McGrathSrMargaretJamesSister Margaret James McGrath, (Marguerite), 88, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in her 68th year, died in Holyoke, Mass. on September 25. A native of Easthampton, Mass., she was the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Bradley) McGrath.

Sister entered the Sisters of St Joseph from Immaculate Conception Parish, Easthampton. She was graduated from St. Michael High School, Northampton. She earned a B.S. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, an M.S. degree from Fordham University, New York, NY and an Ed.D. from Nova University.

Sister was a faculty member in the Biology Department at The College of Our Lady of the Elms for her entire teaching career. For many years she was the Director of the Medical Technology Program.  She served her many students with great attention over the years. She served on many College committees and was the faithful faculty advisor to the Alumni Association. Sister was retired and lived at St. Joseph Residence, Mont Marie, Holyoke.

 

img-AllenSrRichardMaria06-1Sister Richard Maria Allen (Beatrice M. Allen), 89, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph for 70 years, died at Mont Marie Health Care Center in Holyoke, Mass. on August 27, 2011.  A native of Webster, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Ethan and Carolyn (Mogee) Allen.  Sister Richard Maria received her early education at St. Louis School, Webster and was graduated from St. Louis High School in 1940.  She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Louis Parish, Webster in 1941. She earned an A.B. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, Chicopee, Mass.

Sister ministered in the Springfield Diocese in Immaculate Conception School, Easthampton, St. Matthew, Indian Orchard and St. Joseph, Pittsfield.  In the Worcester Diocese she taught in Sacred Heart School, Gardner and for many years in St. Mary’s, Southbridge. In 1980 she became a Nurse’s Aide and worked in Liberty Nursing Home and Providence Home in Southbridge. She retired in Southbridge in 1994.