Father John Marciniak
October 29, 1927 – April 18, 2016
Middletown - Reverend John Merciniak, a retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich, died on April 18, 2016 at his niece’s home in Marlborough, Connecticut. Father Merciniak was born, educated and ordained in Olsztyn, Poland. His ordination took place June 24, 1956, celebrated by The Most Reverend Bishop Jankowski. It was in September of 1967, that Father John received his first diocesan assignment at St. Joseph Church in Rockville, having previously served several parishes in Poland for the first twelve years of his priestly ministry. Following his initial assignment at St. Joseph, he served at St. Joseph in Norwich and St. Mary of Czestochowa in Middletown. His final diocesan assignment was a temporary return to St. Joseph in Rockville in 1978. Father Merciniak’s funeral was held in Poland according to his wishes. In a humble prayer he, himself, had prepared for the occasion of his death, Father John asked “our Lord Jesus Christ for only the mercy He gave to the thief on the cross,” as Father then wrote, “Into your hands I commend my spirit.” May the Lord grant him eternal rest.
Sister Marion Julie O’Leary, S.N.D.
April 11, 2016
Worchester - Sister Marion Julie O’Leary, 89, of the Sisters of Notre Dame, formerly of Manchester, died April 11, 2016 in the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center. Sister Marion Julie was born Eileen O’Leary in Worcester, daughter of William F. and Marion (Harmon) O’Leary. After graduating from Ascension High School in Worcester and Worcester State College, she entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1947. She later received a master’s degree in Education from Fairfield University and a master’s degree in English from University of Conn. Sister Marion had a long career in education. She was a high school teacher for more than 20 years at Notre Dame high schools in Mass., Providence, R.I. and Conn., including six years at East Catholic High School in Manchester, Conn. She later returned to East Catholic as its Resource Center Co-Ordinator, before retiring. Sister Marion was also a Vice-Principal at Notre Dame High School in Norwich and St. Bernard’s High School in Uncasville. From 1974 to 1982, Sister was the Co-Ordinator of Secondary Education Curriculum for the Archdiocese of Hartford. She was Education Co-Ordinator for the Sisters of Notre Dame in Boston from 1985 to 1990. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame, 468 Poquonock Ave., Windsor, CT 06095.
Father Bruce Quinn, O.F.M. Cap.
April 10, 1931 - April 6, 2016
The Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. Mary mourn the death of their brother Fr. Bruce Quinn, who passed away on April 6, 2016 in Middletown, CT at the age of 84. Arthur J. Quinn, son of Arthur A. Quinn and Margaret Rose Doran, was born on April 10, 1931 in Balboa, Canal Zone, Panama in Central America. Arthur entered the Capuchin Franciscan Friars at St. Felix Friary, Huntington, IN on August 31, 1949 receiving the name “Bruce” where one year later professed first vows on September 1, 1950. “Frater” Bruce completed his undergraduate studies at Mary Immaculate Friary, Garrison, NY where he professed solemn vows in 1953. Father Bruce completed his theological studies at Mary Immaculate Friary [1953-58] and was ordained to the priesthood on June 22, 1957 at Sacred Heart Friary, Yonkers, NY. For the next 58 years, Father Bruce would serve the People of God as missionary, parochial minister, chapel associate, hospital chaplain, formator and nurse. For nearly 20 years Fr. Bruce resided at St. Pius X, Middletown and served the people of the area as hospital chaplain, visitor to nursing homes, parochial assistant, friend and example to the Capuchin Franciscan fraternity of St. Pius X. Father Bruce was survived by his mother Margaret Rose; his two brothers James A. Quinn and Thomas J. Quinn and their families.
Sister Flore Trudeau, DHS
February 15, 1925 – March 20, 2016
Putnam - Sr. Flore Trudeau, 91, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Holy Spirit Health Care Center where she had been in residence since 2011. She was born on February 15, 1925 in Graniteville, VT and was the daughter of Louis and Hélène (Thériault) Trudeau. She entered religious life in 1941 at Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam, CT and made her religious profession there on August 20, 1945. She was then known as Sr. Hélène de St. Joseph. She earned a B.A. from Diocesan Sisters’ College in Woodstock, CT in 1969 and an MA in Theology from St. Michael College in Winooski, VT in 1976. She was a teacher for most of her religious life from 1945-1991 in schools operated by Daughters of the Holy Spirit in Burlington and Swanton, VT as well as various schools in CT and one in San Francisco, CA. In 1994 she took over as Transportation Director at Holy Spirit Provincial House where she coordinated medical trips to doctors and to the hospital for sisters in residence there. She retired to Notre Dame Convent in Putnam in 2001 and moved to the Provincial House in 2007. She was admitted to Holy Spirit Health Care Center in 2011. Donations may be made to the DHS Retirement Fund, Holy Spirit Provincial House, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Sister Jeannette Levesque, DHS
February 22, 1923 – March 6, 2016
Putnam - Sr. Jeannette Levesque, 93, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the daughters of the Holy Spirit Provincial House. Born Marie Jeannette Levesque in Fall River, MA on February 22, 1923, the daughter of Alfred J. and Marie (St. Onge) Levesque, Sr. Jeannette entered religious life in 1946 and made her religious profession on August 23, 1950 at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. She was then known as Sr. Alvarez de Jesus. Upon her return to the United States, from 1950-1987, Sr. Jeannette served as dietician at Annhurst College, South Woodstock, CT; Résidence des Filles du St. Esprit in Greenfield Park, Canada; Sr. Anne Convent, Swanton, VT; St. Elizabeth Guest House in Hartford, CT; St. Joseph Guest House in New Haven, CT and St. Joseph Villa, Putnam, CT. In 1987 she was assigned to the Provincial House in Putnam where she served as seamstress and driver for the community until 2005 when she retired there. Donations may be made to DHS Retirement Fund, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Sister Priscilla Paradis
October 31, 1934 – February 20, 2016
Sr. Priscilla Paradis, 81, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit died on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at The Holy Spirit Provincial House where she had been in residence since 2010. Born Priscilla Vivienne Paradis in Norwich, CT on October 31, 1934, she was the daughter of Lionel Joseph Paradis and Emmanuella (Varieur) Paradis. She entered religious life in Putnam at the Holy Spirit Provincial House in September 1954 and made her religious profession in April of 1955. She was then known as Sr. Priscilla Joseph. She held a B.A. in Education from the Diocesan Sisters’ College, Putnam branch and an M.A. in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She began her teaching career in elementary schools operated by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit at St. Anne’s in Hartford in 1958, and also later taught at St. Mary’s in Putnam and St. Bernard High School in Uncasville until 1986. In 1987 she took a job with Day Kimball Hospital providing Home Health Care to the sick and elderly in the area until 1994. She was very much appreciated by Day Kimball for her contribution and services . Most of all, she provided professional and compassionate care to all of her clients. She was well liked and often requested. She retired from this work in 2009 and moved to the Provincial House in 2010. Donations may be made to the DHS Retirement Fund, Holy Spirit Provincial House, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Reverend Anthony Nockiunas, M.I.C.
1931 – 2016
Putnam - Thompson, CT - Reverend Father Anthony N. Nockiunas M.I.C., 84, of Chase Rd. passed away on Saturday February 27, 2016 at Matulaitis Nursing Home in Putnam, Ct. Born in Eqliskia, Lithuania, he was the son of the late Antanas and Ona (Venskeviute) Noskiunas. Father Nockiunas professed his first vows on August 15, 1950 and professed his final vows on August 15, 1953. On April 28, 1957, he was ordained a priest. His first assignment was at Marianapolis Preparatory School where he taught French. Afterward Father Nockiunas was assigned as an associate pastor in Kenosha, WI, Plano, IL, Darien, IL and Worcester, MA. After spending several years of ministry at the Divine Mercy Shrine, in Stockbridge, MA, he was in residence at the Thompson House until his death. Fr. Anthony was a promoter of community prayer and sacramental ministry especially to the sick.
Sister Constance Charette, DHS
April 20, 1940 – December 15, 2015
Putnam - Sr. Constance Charette, 75, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit died on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam. Constance Madeleine Charette was born in Leominster, MA on April 20, 1940, the daughter of the late Camille and Alice (Meunier) Charette. She entered religious life in Putnam at the Holy Spirit Provincial House in September 1958, and made her religious profession on July 2, 1960. She was then known as Sr. Stephen of the Sacred Heart. She earned a B.A. in Education from Diocesan Sisters’ College and an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Detroit. From 1962-67 she taught in elementary schools in CT and VT. In 1967 she became Directress of Postulants in Putnam, and from 1969-74 she taught religion at Putnam Catholic Academy. She was missioned to California in 1974, and served in the Campus Ministry Team of the University of California at Davis. In 1979 she returned to the east coast and served as Directress of Formation for the province, while also working in ministry with single adults and widowed persons in the Bridgeport, CT diocese. In 1983 she was named Provincial Councilor, with residence in Putnam. In 1989 she enjoyed a Sabbatical Chaplaincy Program at Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI, and then began a new ministry as Coordinator of Volunteers at Dorcas Place, a women’s literacy center in Providence. In 1995 she was appointed Provincial of the U.S. Daughters of the Holy Spirit, and within the next year was elected as a General Councilor in the international administration of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, and she served in that capacity for 12 years, with a main residence in RENNES, France. She returned to the US in 2008 and began her much-loved ministry as a Community Organizer at Pernet Family Services in Worcester, MA. In 2009, she was named Directress of Associates in addition to her work at Pernet, and these two combined ministries brought special joy to Connie and to those involved. In August 2013, Sr. Connie again lived her full availability to Mission by going to Burkina Faso in Africa in order to live among and serve the younger Sisters there. She both received and gave great joy in her many ministries! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daughters of the Holy Spirit Retirement Fund, Holy Spirit Provincial House,
72 Church St., Putnam, CT, 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Sr. Carla Hopkins, DHS
1921 – 2016
Putnam - Sr. Carla Hopkins, 94, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit died on January 7, 2016 at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center where she had been in residence since 2009. Born Eunice Lucille Hopkins in Plainfield, CT she was the daughter of Charles and Laurette (Guillet) Hopkins. She entered religious life in Putnam, CT, in 1938 and made her religious profession there on July 1, 1943. She was then known as Sr. Charles Edward. Following her religious profession she taught in elementary schools in Hartford, Chicopee, MA and Moosup. She became a Professor at Diocesan Sisters’ College in 1956 and a Professor at Annhurst College in 1958 until 1962. She was among the first group of 13 sisters who went to Chile in 1962 in response to an invitation from the Bishops of Chile. While there, Sr. Carla opened a Normal School for the granting of teaching diplomas and served as Professor and Director of Escuela Normal Superior annexed to the Jesuit-run Universidad del Norte in Antofagasta. She returned to the USA, in 1969 at which time she became Director of the New London Office of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Norwich. Here she worked with marginalized Spanish-speaking black and poor Indians and Caucasians as well as the resettlement of Vietnamese after the fall of Saigon. From 1986-92 she supervised the construction of the residence and Clinic of the Haitian Health Foundation in Jeremie, Haiti and served as Administrator of the Clinic until September 1992. She retired in 2002 and moved to the Provincial House in Putnam in 2008, and to the Holy Spirit Health Care Center in 2009. All of her sister Daughters of the Holy Spirit, family, as well as many friends mourn her passing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daughters of the Holy Spirit Retirement Fund, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260.
Rev. Daniel C. Cronin
December 25, 1927 ~ May 3, 2015
Norwich - The Reverend Daniel C. Cronin, retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich, died Sunday, May 3, 2015, at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham, Connecticut. He was 87. Father Cronin is fondly remembered by all who knew him and grew spiritually from his caring presence. Father Cronin, son of the late Michael Cronin and Hannah (Nagle) Cronin of Gneeveguilla, Rathmore, East County Kerry, Ireland, was born in Rathmore, County Kerry, and educated in Ireland at St. Joseph College in Freshford, County Kilkenny. He continued his studies in philosophy and theology at St. Joseph’s Missionary College in Rozendaal, Holland, and Mill Hill, just north of London. It was in Mill Hill, July 10, 1955, where Father Cronin was ordained to the priesthood for service as a Mill Hill Missionary by Bernard Cardinal Griffin. Immediately following ordination, Father Cronin began an extended missionary assignment in Borneo from 1955 to 1963. Shortly after returning to Freshford, Ireland in 1963, Father Cronin joined the Diocese of Norwich as Assistant Pastor at St. Luke Parish in Ellington. Subsequently, he served as Assistant Pastor at Sacred Heart in Norwichtown and, in 1969, St. Mary in Portland. In 1977, he became Pastor of St. Stephen in Quinebaug until 1984 when he was appointed Pastor of St. Columba in Columbia, where he served faithfully until his retirement in January, 2012, at the age of 84. The Funeral Mass was celebrated by The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Columba Church. Interment will be in Ireland.
Rev. Francis A. Liszewski
October 3, 1942 ~ April 20, 2015
Norwich - The Reverend Francis A. Liszewski, retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich, died Monday, April 20, 2015, at St. Mary Home in West Hartford, Connecticut, having been a resident there for many years. He was 72. Father Liszewski, who battled a long progressive illness, is fondly remembered as a courageous, engaging and joyful priest. Father Liszewski was born in Hartford, Connecticut, October 3, 1942, son of the late Bruno S. Liszewski and Mary Kanski Liszewski. He prepared for the priesthood at St. Mary’s College, Orchard Lake, Michigan and Saints Cyril & Methodius Seminary also in Orchard Lake. He was ordained a priest on May 3, 1969 by The Most Reverend Vincent J. Hines, D.D., Bishop of Norwich at the Cathedral of St. Patrick, Norwich, CT. Father Liszewski served as assistant pastor at St. Agnes in Niantic, St. Mary in Jewett City, St. John in Cromwell and St. Mary in Coventry all within his first 10 years within the Diocese of Norwich. In 1980, Father Liszewski was appointed Instructor-Advocate of the Diocesan Tribunal, and later that year appointed Pastor of St. Jude Parish in West Willington, CT where he faithfully served the parish until his retirement for health reasons in October 1988. Father Liszewski is survived by his brother, Reverend Peter B. Liszewski, Pastor at St. Peter Parish in Higganum, CT.The Funeral Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, on Friday, April 25 at St. Matthew Church in Tolland. Interment was at St. Bernard Cemetery in Vernon, CT. Memorial donations may be made in honor of Father Liszewski to the Annual Catholic Appeal, 197 Broadway, Norwich, CT. Thank you to the family of Reverend Francis A. Liszewski (brother of Reverend Peter B. Liszewski, Pastor, St. Peter Church, Higganum) for memorial donations made in his name to the Annual Catholic Appeal.
Sister Ann Loughery
December 31, 1933 ~ April 15, 2015
Sister Ann Loughery (Sister Mary Josette) of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas died peacefully on April 15, 2015 at St. Mary Home. Sister Ann was born in New Britain, December 31, 1933, the daughter of the late Francis and Mary (Ryan) Loughery. At the age of 18 she entered the Sisters of Mercy, September 8, 1951, and professed religious vows 3 years later. Sister taught in elementary schools throughout Connecticut and for 20 years was principal and skillful administrator of St. Mary School in New London. In 2000, Ann in characteristic fashion, accepted the difficult assignment to close permanently the historic St. Joseph Cathedral Parish elementary school. The necessary task with all its complexities, having to relocate the student population, was accomplished with grace and dignity in 2001. Ever sensitive to the needs of others, Sister ministered as Pastoral Associate at St. Patrick Parish in East Hampton. She was drawn to deepen her passionate commitment to serve others through direct service of the poor at St. Vincent DePaul soup kitchen in Middletown as Administrative Coordinator until her retirement. Those wishing to make a donation in Sister Ann’s memory are asked to consider the Sisters of Mercy, 55 East Cedar St., Newington 06111 or St. Vincent DePaul Place, P.O Box 398, Middletown 06457. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com.
Sister Mary Roy, DHS
July 2, 1928 ~ March 30, 2015
Putnam - Sr. Mary Roy, 87, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center where she had been in residence since August, 2010. Born Mary Roy on July 2, 1928 in Pittsfield, MA, she was the daughter of Roger and Amelia (Mercure) Roy. She entered religious life at Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam in 1944 and made her religious profession there on August 16, 1948. She was then known as Sr. Mary Roger. After her profession she was assigned to teach on the elementary level from 1948 to 1966 in Putnam, Gadsden, AL, Waterbury, West Warren, Pittsfield, MA and in West Haven. She obtained a B.A. in Education in 1966 and taught middle school in Plainville, CT in 1967 and in 1969 she was assigned to teach at Cathedral High in Bridgeport, CT. Meanwhile she obtained an M.S. in Library Science and in 1972 she worked part time at Annhurst College in the library. In 1980 she worked as librarian at Marianhill High School in Southbridge, MA. She retired to the Provincial House in Putnam in March of 2010 and to Holy Spirit Health Care Center in 2010. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DHS Retirement Fund, Holy Spirit Provincial House, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT, 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Reverend Sylva P. LeCours
November 25, 1920 ~ February 16, 2015
The Reverend Sylva P. LeCours, retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich, died Monday, February 16, 2015, in Windham, CT. He was 94. Father LeCours is fondly remembered as a gifted, caring and joyful priest. Father LeCours was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, November 25, 1920, son of the late Lionel and Angelina LeCours. He prepared for the priesthood at the Marist Seminary in Framingham, MA, and was ordained a priest on February 3, 1947 by Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, in Our Lady of Victories Church, Boston. Father LeCours came to the Diocese of Norwich in 1973, having served for many years as Pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Westerly, R.I. He served as associate pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Groton, St. Edward Church in Stafford Springs and at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich before his appointment in June, 1983, to Pastor of St. Anne Church in Ballouville. Father LeCours retired from active ministry in August, 2008. He is predeceased by his sister, Marguerite Danico. He leaves six nieces and nephews – Sandra Roche, Karen Glennon, Kelly Danico, Kevin Danico, Scott Danico, and Sean Danico. The Funeral Mass was celebrated by Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, on Saturday, February 21 at St. James Church. Interment took place at St. Joseph Cemetery, 892 Hilldale Ave., Haverhill, MA. The Gagnon & Costello Funeral Home, 33 Reynolds St., Danielson, CT handled the arrangements. www.gagnonandcostellofh.com. Donations may be made in honor of Father LeCours to: Saint James School, 120 Water Street, Danielson, CT 06239.
A Tribute to Deacon Mel Nygaard
By Deacon Peter Gill
The legacy of Deacon Mel Nygaard did not begin or end with his death late last year. It was and will always be there. The man many referred to as “everybody’s deacon” was always a person of faith, someone who would do that little extra something for you if you needed it. Deacon Mel touched many lives during his lifetime, including his brother deacons, his parishioners at St. John Church, Montville, as chaplain to those in prison and those in Hospice care. Of course, Deacon Mel had help. That would be his beloved wife Nicolina (Nikki) who walked the road of diaconal ministry with him and provided him with crucial support at times when he needed it the most. Together, they were a powerful team for good. And, the good they did remains for deacons and their wives a model for cooperative ministry. After Mel was ordained, Nikki completed training in the former Lay Ministry Formation program and both began their ministry: Nikki at St. John’s and Mel at the parish and in the community. Mel served also as an assistant in the Ministry Formation office, under the direction of Sister Patricia Cook, RSM, coordinating diaconal formation and helping ordained deacons in their ministries. Ordained 28 years, Deacon Mel served one parish family, St. John of Montville. In his obituary it was noted that Deacon Mel “loved his parish family. It was his life.” His legacy there lives on and is best remembered as expressed by those parishioners to whom he ministered and befriended. In a note received by Mel and Nikki just a few weeks before he died, a parishioner expressed sentiments that seem to reflect how folks felt about this deacon and his wife. She writes: “You and Nikki are two of those God-given special people to me. I thank you for all the times you gave me comfort and encouragement. I thank you, too, for being a good mentor to all our altar servers, talking with them and making them feel special. There is so much that you do, and this is only a small part of the big picture of service you have given to me and our family here at St. John. You and Nikki are part of the glue that keeps us together. The cancer that claimed Mel’s life caused him physical and emotional pain because it slowed him down and curtailed his ministry at St. John. But, as the writer of the above note observed it was “a time to rest and to have peace in your life.” The note concludes with a prayer which seems quite appropriate to conclude this article about a deacon who was truly the sacramental sign of the servant Christ: “May God give you the graces and strength to persevere with love and kindness, which you have so abundantly shared with others and still do. May he grant you an everlasting feeling of peace and joy.” To that we can only say: Amen! Amen!
Sister Alice Chicoine
July 3, 1921 ~ December 17, 2014
Putnam – Sr. Alice Chicoine, 93, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in the Holy Spirit Health Care Center where she had been in residence since November of 2014. Born Alice Simone Chicoine on July 3, 1921 in Evansville, VT, the daughter of the late William and Annette (Lucier) Chicoine, Sr. Alice entered religious life in 1938 and made her religious profession on July 1, 1943 in the Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam, CT. She was then known as Sr. Joseph de St. Andre. Sr. Alice served in various ministries throughout her religious life. She attended and took courses at Diocesan Sisters’ College, and Annhurst College in South Woodstock, CT as well as St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT. Later, she attended St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Hartford and earned a LPN from that institution. Problems with her health forced her to curtail her performance as a nurse. She obtained a TESL from St. Michael College in Winooski, VT and taught English as a second language at Annhurst College in 1967. She did pastoral work in Hartford, Sweet Springs, West VA; and New Britain, CT. and migrant worker ministry in 1989 and in 1992 she served as Pastoral Assistant in Gadsden and Anniston, AL. In 2002 she served as Pastoral Assistant in Cambridge, VT. and retired to the Provincial House in Putnam in 2000. Survivors include two brothers, Bill of Murrels Inlet, SC, and Edmond of North Guilford, CT; and two sisters, Theresa Carrier of Glover, VT, and Claire Wolod of McConnellsburg, PA; several nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daughters of the Holy Spirit Retirement Fund, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. The Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT is in charge of arrangements. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Sister Marie Michaud, DHS
September 9, 1916 ~ December 4, 2014
Sr. Marie Michaud, DHS, 98 , a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Thursday, December 04, 2014 at Holy Spirit Health Care Center where she was in residence since 2010. Born Marie Desneiges Michaud on September 9, 1916, the daughter of the late Georges and Edith (Pelletier) Michaud, Sr. Marie entered religious life in 1930 and made her religious profession on August 8, 1935 at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. She was then known as Sr. Georges du Sacré Coeur. Following her profession she became Mistress of Boarders at St. Jeanne d’Arc in Lannion, France and at La Glanerie in Belgium. Upon her return to the United States, Sr. Marie received a B.A. from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT and an M.A. from Fordham University, New York, NY. Her teaching assignments included Notre Dame School, Pittsfield, MA, St. Joseph School, Burlington, VT, St. Anne School, Hartford. and St. Mary’s School, Putnam. From 1959-62, She was named American delegate to the General Council at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. When she returned from France she was assigned to teach at St. Mary’s School in Jewett City. In 1964 she was appointed Diocesan Supervisor of schools for the Diocese of Norwich and in 1969 she was appointed Provincial Supervisor of Schools for the American Province of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit. In 1971 she served as instructor at Annhurst College, South Woodstock. She also served as Principal of St. Cecilia School, Leominster, MA and later as Secretary at St. Anne School, Hartford. In 1987 she worked for the City of Waterbury. and later as clerk for the Palladino Center for Seniors in Waterbury. She also did some part-time tutoring for the City of Waterbury while in semi-retirement. She is survived by her sisters in community, the Daughters of the Holy Spirit as well as several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. A Mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, December 6, followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Putnam. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daughters of the Holy Spirit Retirement Fund, 72 Church St., Putnam., 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Sister Judith Kenhart, DHS
August 21, 1937 ~ November 20, 2014
Sr. Judith Kenhart, DHS, 77, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Thursday, November 20 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House, Putnam, CT, where she had been in residence since 2005. Born on August 21, 1937, the daughter of the late Stephen and Joan (Leslie) Kenhart, Sr. Judith entered religious life in 1955 and made her religious profession on April 24, 1957 at the Provincial House in Putnam, CT. She was then known as Sr. Stephen of the Passion. A graduate of the Diocesan Sisters’ College, South Woodstock, CT, with a B.A., she later earned an M.A. from Boston College, Boston, MA and a second M.A. from Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, MA. Sr. Judith taught at Putnam Catholic Academy, Putnam, CT, her Alma Mater and Cathedral High School, Bridgeport, CT. After a year as CCD Co-ordinator at St. Cecilia’s parish in Leominster, MA she was appointed special assistant to President Buchanan at Annhurst College. In 1980, she served as director of Family Refuge Center Shelter in Sweet Springs, WV. In 1985 she became program developer at Catholic Charities in Cambridge, MA. In 1995 until 2005 she served as volunteer chaplain at Mass General Hospital in Boston. She retired to the Provincial House in Putnam. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Daughters of the Holy Spirit Retirement Fund, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Sister Doris Bérubé, DHS
January 3, 1920 ~ November 7, 2014
Sr. Doris Bérubé, DHS, 94 , a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center where she has been in residence since September 2012. Born on January 3, 1920 in Hartford, CT, the daughter of the late Thomas and Philomène (Bélanger) Bérubé, Sr. Doris entered religious life in 1942 and made her religious profession at the Holy Spirit Provincial House on July 1, 1943. She was then known as Sr. Thérèse Thomas. Primarily a teacher and educator for most of her religious life, Sr. Doris’ assignments included St. Anne School, Waterbury, CT; St. Mary’s School, Putnam, CT; and Holy Family School, Fairfield, CT. From 1965-72 Sr. Doris prepared prospective teachers and was named Director of the International Institute at Annhurst College, South Woodstock, CT. From 1972-74 she served as Principal at St. Mary’s School, Jewett City, CT. Upon her return to Annhurst College, she was both an ESL teacher and Administrator of the Institute as well as assistant professor in the Education and English Departments until the closure of Annhurst in 1980. Following this she was CCD Coordinator of St. Mary’s Parish, Putnam, CT and later served as Secretary at Hawkins House in Danielson, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daughters of the Holy Spirit Retirement Fund, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT, 06260.
Reverend Paul J. Murdock
May 29, 1942 ~ November 1, 2014
Norwich – Reverend Paul J. Murdock, Pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Middletown, Connecticut died Saturday, November 1, 2014. A much beloved Diocesan priest, Father Murdock died on the Solemnity of All Saints, a day of honor for those who faithfully dedicated their lives to Christ and have been called home to heaven. Father Murdock was 72. Father Paul J. Murdock was born in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., May 29, 1942, son of the late Paul and June Murdock. In 1964, he earned a B.A. degree in philosophy from Boston College, and in 1969, an M.A. in philosophy also from Boston College. In 1971, he began his theology studies at the Weston School of Theology, Cambridge Massachusetts where he would receive his M.A. in Divinity in 1974. Father Murdock was ordained a priest on April 26, 1975, in Blessed Sacrament Church, Cambridge, by Bishop Joseph J. Ruocco. It was in March, 1982, that Father Paul joined the Diocese of Norwich as Chaplain at St. Vincent de Paul Place in Norwich. That same year, Father Murdock became the Associate Pastor at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Norwich, while continuing his role as Chaplain at St. Vincent de Paul Place. During the period 1990 – 1996, Father Paul would serve as Parochial Vicar at All Hallows Church in Moosup and subsequently as Pastor of Saint Matthew in Tolland. He also worked as a substance abuse counselor at the Stonington Institute at that time. On August 1, 1996, Father Murdock, who was fluent in several languages including Spanish, was appointed Pastor of Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Parish in Windham, where he served the Hispanic community for sixteen years. Father Murdock is fondly remembered by all who knew him as a compassionate servant of the Lord who lifted lives everywhere he served. He was a priest of the people. He is survived by two brothers and five sisters. Funeral arrangements to be announced on the diocesan website norwichdiocese.org and by Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 10 Elm Street, Middletown, Connecticut, Phone: 860-347-4684, E-mail: email@example.com, Website: www.saintfrancisofassisi.com.
Rev. Albert C. Giaquinto, S.S.
December 13, 1923 ~ October 27, 2014
Reverend Albert Charles Giaquinto, S.S., beloved son of the late Adeline (nee Guarasci) and Michael Giaquinto; dear brother of Julia Bimonte. Father Giaquinto was ordained in 1948 and served until 1956 in the Norwich Diocese, including as an assistant at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Storrs, Ct and as a counselor to UCONN students. Father Giaquinto was a faithful reader of the Four County Catholic. He wrote to the newspaper several times from the Baltimore area, as recently as last year, to let the editorial team know how much he enjoyed the paper. We always appreciated hearing from him. Memorials may be made to Sulpician Retirement Fund 5408 Roland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21210. Arrangements by Leonard J. Ruck, Inc. www.ruckfuneralhomes.com.
Sister Gilberte Desilets, DHS
February 22, 1912 ~ September 28, 2014
Putnam – Sr. Gilberte Désilets, DHS, (102), a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit died on Sunday, September 28 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House where she had been in retirement since 2001. Sr. Gilberte was born on February 22, 1912 at St. Grégoire, P.Q. Canada, the daughter of the late Eric and Blanche (Hébert) Désilets. She entered religious life in 1928 and made her religious profession on August 25, 1931 at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. She was then known as Sr. Cecilia. She was a teacher at several Catholic Schools in New England, including St. Mary School in Jewett City. In 1980 she retired from teaching and did private tutoring. Donations may be made to the Daughters of the Holy Spirit Retirement Fund, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Deacon James Delaney
September 25, 2014
East Lyme - James Delaney, 74, of Niantic, passed away Sept. 25, 2014, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London. Jim was born in Quincy, Mass., the son of the late James Joseph and Catherine (McDonald) Delaney. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Gillette) Delaney, with whom he shared 52 years of marriage. Jim retired from General Dynamics after 38 years of service. Retiring early allowed him to devote more time to his true calling, serving the church and ministering to others. Jim was a deacon at St. Agnes Church in Niantic for 12 years. He spent many years working with the Spiritual Renewal Services and the Norwich Diocese Prison Ministry. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and participated in ACTS retreats. Jim especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Donations in his memory may be made to the Spiritual Renewal Services, PO Box 6, Norwich, CT 06360.
Father Nicholas Caiazzo
June 26, 1941 ~ August 19, 2014
Son of the late Louis and Lucia “Lucy” (Santilli) Caiazzo. Father Nick was an outstanding athlete who demonstrated exceptional skill on the baseball field at a young age. Immediately following his graduation from Everett High School in 1959, he was signed by the Boston Red Sox as a pitcher at the age of eighteen. After his baseball career, Nick continued his education at Pueblo College in Colorado. Later in life he found his calling to the priesthood. He entered the Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT where he received his Masters of Theology. Father Nick was ordained a Catholic priest on May 30, 1992 in the Diocese of Norwich, CT. Father Nick, was fun loving and very spiritual. He was very humbled to have been called to the priesthood and he will be missed by his brother priests, his family, and his friends. THOU ART A PRIEST FOREVER .
Sister Bernice King (Rose Bernice)
October 3, 1928 ~ June 9, 2014
Sister Bernice King (Rose Bernice) quietly slipped into eternal life on the afternoon of June 9, 2014 at the age of 85. Bernice Yvonne King was born on October 3, 1928 and spent her early years in New Hampshire and in Maine, entered the Congregation of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit in August of 1960 and pronounced her first vows at the Provincial House in Putnam on June 1, 1962. Sister’s years of service were dedicated to teaching at the elementary and high school levels, assisting the provincial secretaries and treasurer, working as receptionist at the Provincial House, carrying out secretarial and sacristan duties at St. Clare Home in Newport, Rhode Island and doing clerical work for the Office of Policy and Management for the State of CT in Hartford. Since 1999 Bernice resided at the Provincial House while volunteering her assistance in a variety of areas including transporting other Sisters in residence to varied and sundry appointments and events. Sister fully retired in 2010 and transferred to the Health Care Center in December of 2013. Sister Bernice will rest in peace at St. Mary Cemetery in Putnam. Memories about Sister Bernice may be shared with the Daughters by firstname.lastname@example.org. Wishes and gifts in Sister’s honor may be sent to the DHS Office of Development at 72 Church St. Putnam, CT 06260.
Monsignor Willis W. West Jr.
July 14, 1937 ~ February 21, 2014
Norwich - Monsignor Willis W. West Jr., 76, retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Willimantic. Monsignor West had served in several parishes in the diocese, including as assistant pastor at St. Mary Star of the Sea in New London, St. Patrick in Mystic, Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich, and as pastor of St. Phillip in Warrenville and St. Joseph Parish in Willimantic where he served as pastor for 23 years prior to his retirement in 2007. Monsignor West was born in Rockville, July 14, 1937, son of the late Connie M. (Phillips) of Rockville and of the late Willis W. West Sr. A graduate of Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., he received his theological training at St. Bernard Seminary, Rochester, N.Y. and Christ the King, St. Bonaventure, Olean, N.Y. Monsignor West was ordained to the priesthood on May 23, 1963 by The Most Reverend Vincent J. Hines, D.D., Bishop of Norwich at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Norwich. Among his many distinguished diocesan assignments were his appointment as dean of the Willimantic Deanery, the board of directors of Domus Vitae and diocesan director of cemeteries. He is fondly remembered for his inspirational love for the church. As described by a former St. Joseph Church secretary, Monsignor West was “a priest’s priest. Priesthood came first and church came first, everything else came second.” Monsignor West is also gratefully remembered as having been instrumental in the founding of the Saint Joseph Living Center in Willimantic, and for his service as president of the Board. Monsignor West is survived by his brothers, Richard of Rockville, and Robert of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; along with his loving nieces and nephews. The Bacon Funeral Home, 71 Prospect St., Willimantic, 860-423-1234, was in charge of arrangements, and is maintaining the online guest log.
Sister Angela Joseph Caldarone
February 18, 1912 ~ February 20, 2014
Sister Angela Joseph Caldarone, DHS, (102), a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died February 20, 2014 at Holy Spirit Health Care Center where she had been in residence since 1996. Sr. Angela Joseph was born Maria Lucia Caldarone on February 18, 1912 in Waterbury, CT, the daughter of the late Joseph and Angela (DeCicco) Calderone. She entered religious life in 1931 and made her religious profession on August 8, 1935 at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. During most of her religious life, Sister taught the primary grades in various Catholic Schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts until retiring in 1991. Survivors include one sister, Tessie Masi of Waterbury, CT, and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, February 24 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House Chapel by the Reverend Richard Archambault, chaplain who also gave the homily. Concelebrating with him was the Reverend Robert Gariepy, of Shrewsbury, a retired priest of the Diocese of Worcester who was a former student of Sr. Angela’s in the second grade her first year teaching.
Father Joseph G. Finnerty
December 13, 1933 ~ January 28, 2014
NORWICH - Father Joseph G. Finnerty died surrounded by his loving family on January 28, 2014. Born in Roxbury, MA on December 13, 1933, he was the only son of the late Patrick Finnerty and Delia (Kelly) Finnerty.
Father Finnerty entered Our Lady of Mercy Seminary in Lenox, MA in 1950. He received a BA in Philosophy and in Speech and Drama (1956) and a Bachelors of Sacred Theology (1961) from Catholic University in Washington D.C. He was ordained to the priesthood at St. Patrick Cathedral in Norwich on May 11, 1961 by the Most Rev. Vincent J. Hines, D.D.
Father Finnerty was assigned to St. Mary Church in New London and then in September 1961, he became Associate Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Chester, CT. From 1963-1975, he served as Chaplain to the Xaverian Brothers and Chaplain and Guidance Counselor to the students at Xavier High School in Middletown. He became an elected member of the Clergy Council in 1966. Father Finnerty received an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Boston College in 1967. In 1975, he was appointed Pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna Church, Preston, CT and served there for 11 years. From 1985-1986, he studied at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA and received a degree in Spiritual Studies. From 1986-2009, Father Finnerty was Spiritual Director at Emmaus Spiritual Life Center in Uncasville. During this time, he conducted over 350 parish missions and numerous priests’ retreats both in the U.S. and in the United Kingdom. Additional duties included: Secretary of the first Priests’ Senate, Associate Director of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, and Director of Continuing Education and Formation Commission for the Clergy.
After retiring in 2009, he continued to celebrate Masses at parishes throughout the Norwich Diocese, including St. Mary in Greeneville, St. Mark the Evangelist in Westbrook, St. Agnes in Niantic, St. Michael in Pawcatuck, St. John in Montville and St. Mary in Stonington. He is the loving brother of Mary Leary of Hudson, MA, Anne Marie Silvasy and her husband Jack of Canton, MA. He also is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. Father Finnerty was predeceased by his sisters, Teresa McGovern and Helen Donahue. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity that holds personal significance. Published in The Bulletin on Jan. 30, 2014.
Reverend Adam Pupsys
December 14, 2013
Father Adam Pupsys served the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y. from 1960 until 1967 and the Diocese of Norwich from March 1967 until his death in Old Saybrook, CT, December 14, 2013, after a long illness. He was 96 years old. He was born in Lithuana on August 28, 1917, to Michael and Emilia Stancius Pupsys.
He was ordained to the holy priesthood on January 20, 1952 by late Bishop Francesco Beretti, at the Church of Our Lady (Dominae Nostrae a S.C.J.) in Circo Agonali, Rome. In September 1952, Father Adam Pupsys began his studies of Canon (Church) and Civil Law at Pontifical Lateranense University. On May 14, 1959 he publicly defended cum laude his dissertation and obtained a Doctor’s Degree in “Utoque Iure” (in Canon and Civil Law) from the Pontifical Lateran University. He simultaneously completed three years of study at the Sacra Romana Rota (the highest appellate tribunal of the Catholic Church) for issues related to marriage.
While awaiting immigration to the United States, Fr. Adam served two years as chaplain for the Polish Sisters of St. Ursula in the Diocese of Gaeta, Scauri / Minturno, Italy. In November 1960, he immigrated to the United States and worked in the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y. Assigned to the parish of St. Athanasius by the Most Reverend Bryan J. McEntegart, Bishop of the diocese. Father’s second assignment was at St. Matthew’s parish, where he worked from June 1964 to March 1967. During this time he worked successfully and cooperatively with parishioners to organize and minister to CCD and High School students.
In March 1967 Fr. Adam came to the Diocese of Norwich. The Most Reverend Vincent Hines, Bishop of the diocese assigned him to St. Paul’s Parish in Waterford. Shortly thereafter, Fr. Adam was re-assigned to St. Sebastian’s Parish in Middletown. He followed his calling to work with youth and served as Sunday School Coordinator and also as the Moderator of the alter servers. He was also known as a source of constant comfort to the sick and elderly. His work was an inspiration to all parishioners. On November 9, 1979, Fr. Adam was assigned to St. John’s Parish, Middletown. On November 12, 1985, Fr. Adam was assigned as Parochial Vicar to St. John’s Parish in Old Saybrook.
To characterize him, Fr. Adam was humble with a great compassion for all people. He served as a constant reminder of love of others, love of the Church, and the call to follow Christ. The Most Reverend Daniel P. Reilly, Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich wrote a letter on Fr. Adam’s 40th Anniversary of Ordination, saying: “You are a loyal and faithful priest, who loves God, and His people and brother priests. Fr. Adam instructed and directed the alter servers, participated in CCD programs, and constantly visited the sick and confined. Upon retirement, Fr. Adam was under the protection and motherly care with love by Sarah V. Becker. She cared for him as a member of her own family. Please pray for the repose of Fr. Adam’s soul.
Donations may be made in Fr. Adam’s memory to the Lithuanian Seminary Fund, Knight’s of Lithuania, St. Casimir’s Guild Inc., 1110 Darlene Dr., Endicott, NY 13760.
Brother Robert J. Sullivan, C.F.X.
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
Born in Somerville on Dec. 14, 1927, he was the son of the late Robert W. and Clare (Rodgers) Sullivan. He graduated from Malden Catholic High School in 1945 and then entered the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier.
After graduating from Catholic University in 1951, his teaching apostolate first brought him to Flaget High School in Louisville, KY, which was followed by a return to Catholic University where he completed graduate studies in theology and philosophy. In 1975, he received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston College. His manifold career included teaching at the Xaverian Brothers Novitiate and at Ryken High School in Leonardtown, MD. He then served as Director of Studies at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers from 1960-1963. He was appointed first Headmaster of Xavier High School in Middletown, CT and led the school through its first four years. Bro. Robert then served for several years as Novice Master and Scholastic Director at Newton Highlands. He also taught philosophy at Newton College of the Sacred Heart before returning to St. John’s Prep where he taught philosophy and psychology for five years and advanced placement physics for ten years. From 1986 until his retirement in 1992, he served as Headmaster of Malden Catholic High School.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sullivan Family Scholarship fund at Malden Catholic High School, 99 Crystal St., Malden, MA 02148.
Reverend Robert E. McNulty, ASCW
November 8, 2013
McNulty, Reverend Robert E., ACSW, of Marshfield, Retired Executive Director of Catholic Charities/Catholic Family Services for the Diocese of Norwich, CT, November 8, 2013. Beloved son of the late John and Ellen (Gallagher) McNulty. Loving brother of David McNulty and his wife Mary of Bourne and the late Mary A. McNulty, John J. McNulty, MD, Eleanor J. Sylvia, Kathleen C. Macdonald, Bernard J. McNulty, William J. McNulty and his wife Marie and Edward P. McNulty and his wife Rita. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Father McNulty was ordained to the priesthood in Boston on February 2, 1956. Father McNulty was pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Gales Ferry, CT from 1979 to 1984. Under his direction the new church was built. He is the recipient of the Patrici-Anne Award for his distinguished service to the Norwich Diocese.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Father McNulty’s memory to Catholic Charities, Norwich, CT. www.ccfsn.org.
Sister Mary Paul DiMola
March 13, 1921 - July 8, 2013
Hamden -- Sr. Mary Paul DiMola, ASCJ, of Hamden, died July 8, 2013. Sr. Mary Paul was born in New York, NY March 13, 1921 daughter of the late Paul and Inez Mangini DiMola. She entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus August 15, 1941 in New Haven, CT. Sr. Mary Paul began her ministry in education, teaching at St. Michael School in New Haven. Thereafter, Sr. Mary Paul taught at many schools in Connecticut. She also served as the CCD coordinator of St. Peter Parish, Higganum, Connecticut and worked with the RCIA program at St. Lawrence Parish, Killingworth, Connecticut. Sr. Mary Paul retired to Sacred Heart Manor in 2003 where she continued to minister by providing for the needs of our elderly and ill Apostles with her loving presence and care for them. Sr. Mary Paul earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Fordham University, New York and a Master’s of Arts degree in Education and English from Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut. Sr. Mary Paul was a true Apostle Adorer who treasured her hours in Chapel, confidently bringing before her Lord the needs and intentions of her Sisters, her family, her friends, and the ministries of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Manor, 261 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514.
Sister Patricia Barry
August 17, 1934 - June 22, 2013
West Hartford - Sister Patricia Barry of the Sisters of Mercy died Saturday, June 22, 2013. Born August 17, 1934 in Norwich, Sister was the daughter of the late William and Eugenie (Rouleau) Barry. Sister Pat was dedicated to Catholic education for more than 50 years, where her focus was always on fostering academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment. She was a classroom teacher, school principal, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Norwich, Regional Director of Elementary Schools for the Archdiocese of Boston, and for the past 16 years, Associate Director and Deputy Director of the Commission on Independent Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Sister Pat received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education, a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics Education and a diploma of Advanced Graduate Studies in Administration and Supervision. She received the “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” papal award for service to the Church, the Award for Distinguished Service to the Diocese of Norwich, and the National Catholic Education Association Award for Outstanding Service to Catholic Education.
Sister Pat worked extensively in the area of school evaluation and accreditation, developing a process for peer evaluation of the elementary schools and establishing the Norwich Diocesan Accrediting Agency which was recognized by the Connecticut State Board of Education.
Those wishing to make a donation in Sister Pat’s memory are asked to consider the Sisters of Mercy, 55 East Cedar Street, Newington, 06111.
Deacon James “Jim” J. Burgess
May 5, 1923 - June 9, 2013
Somers -- Deacon James “Jim” J. Burgess, 90, of the Somersville section of Somers, widower of Alvina (Cormier) Burgess to whom he was married for 52 years, entered into eternal rest Sunday, June 9, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born May 5, 1923 in Somersville, son of the late Frank and Rose (Gauthier) Burgess. He proudly served his country as a Corporal in the United States Army during World War II. Jim was employed in sales in the aerospace industry from 1950 until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the musician’s union through the 1960’s and played drums with many local combos. He was a lifelong resident of the Somers community and a dedicated parishioner of All Saints Church, where he touched many lives through his ministry which included CCD instruction, marriage preparation, membership in the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus. Jim was ordained Deacon in 1984.
In lieu of flowers, Jim’s family requests that donations in Jim’s memory may be made to All Saints Church, PO Box M, Somersville, CT 06072.
Reverend Stephen Anthony Fronckewicz
June 22, 1926 - February 1, 2013
Norwich -- The Reverend Stephen Anthony Fronckewicz, OSB, retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich, died Friday, February 1, 2013, at St.
Joseph Living Center in Willimantic,
Connecticut. He was 86. Father Fronckewicz
honorably served his Country as a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and faithfully
served the Catholic Church in many capacities, including as
Chaplain of the Holy Family Home and Shelter in Willimantic,
Connecticut from 1989 to his retirement in 2009.
Father Fronckewicz was born in St.
Louis, Missouiri, June 22, 1926,
son of Anthony and Anna Fronckewicz.
He studied for the priesthood at Conception
Abbey in Conception, Missouri, St.
Bede’s Abbey in Peru, Illinois and the Abbey of St.
Benoit du lac in Canada. He was
ordained in St. Louis, Missouri,
As a member of the Benedictine Order, he was a founding member of the Weston Priory in Weston, Vermont, where he acted as Prior until 1964. He then assumed the post of Chaplain at the Convent of St. Brigitta in Darien, Connecticut, which he held for 25 years, during which time he generously assisted in local parishes, including children’s sacramental preparation. Father Fronckewicz is survived by his brother, Carl Fronckewicz and his sister Theresa Vavra, both of Chesterfield, Missouri. This Funeral Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich at St. Joseph Church in Willimantic.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to a favorite charity.
Reverend Paul J. Gaumond
April 17, 1947 - December 29, 2012
Essex - Reverend Paul J. Gaumond, 65, of Essex passed away at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown on December 29, 2012. Born in Norwich, on April 17, 1947 he was the beloved and devoted son of the late Francois & Blanche (Gauvin) Gaumond. Father Paul was educated at Norwich Free Academy and went on to study at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. He continued his undergraduate and post graduate studies at Christ the King Seminary, Saint Bonaventure University in East Aurora, NY. Father Paul was ordained on May 11, 1974, by Bishop Vincent J. Hines, then Bishop of Norwich in Saint Patrick Cathedral in Norwich. As a priest in the Norwich Diocese he served in many parishes and was Pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Fishers Island, New York, Sacred Heart Parish in Wauregan, and Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Essex from May 17, 2000 until the time of his death. Father Paul had also served as a Catholic Chaplain at Middlesex Hospital. Father Paul was famous for his wonderful laugh which brought smiles and uplifted spirits. He was an extraordinary priest whose greatness shone in the simple things he did and the love with which he did them. He treated all people with profound kindness and dignity. This faithful servant of God devoted his life to all people, and his greatest joy was bringing souls closer to God. He was a true imitator of Christ. He was a member of the Third Order of Mary and of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus. He was the Essex Fire Engine Company Chaplain and an EMT at several towns in which he ministered. Father Paul loved trains, the holidays, and growing up on his grandfather’s farm. He is survived by his sister Blanche M. Gaumond of Lisbon, and many adoring cousins, aunts and uncles, among countless others in the community; he will be sorely missed by all of his parishioners. The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich presided at the Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 5, 2013. Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Taftville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Our Lady of Sorrows Church Reverend Paul J. Gaumond Memorial Fund, 14 Prospect Street, Essex, CT 06426, or to Sacred Heart School, 15 Hunters Avenue, Taftville, CT 06380. To share a memory of Father Paul or send a condolence to his family please visit www.rwwfh.com.
Sister Pearl Rita Veilleux, DHA
August 15, 1930 – December 25, 2012
Sr. Pearl Rita Veilleux, DHS, 82, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on December 25 at Holy Spirit Health Care Center, where she has been in residence since June, 2000. Born Pearl Rita Veilleux on August 15, 1930, the daughter of the late Simeon and Henedine (Gagné) Veilleux, she entered religious life in 1947 and made her religious profession on August 23, 1950 at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. She was then known as Sr. Simone de la Croix. Sr. Rita received her B.A. degree from Diocesan Sisters’ College, South Woodstock in 1969. She taught most of her religious life in parish schools in CT and MA and from 1974 to 1995 she was involved in Pastoral Ministry at St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury and later at St. Mary’s Home in Hartford. Due to failing health she retired to the Provincial House in Putnam in 2000. Survivors include one brother, Hervey Veilleux of Vernon and several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, December 28 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House Chapel in Putnam. The celebrant was Rev. Richard Archambault, Chaplain. The eulogy was given by Sr. Bonnie Morrow, DHS. Burial followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Putnam.
Sister M. Esther Cockburn, MHSH
Deceased December 15, 2012
Sister M. Esther Cockburn, a member of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart for 58 years, went home to God on Saturday, December 15, in Baltimore. She was 83 years old. Her interest in the deaf community was inspired by Sister Mary Jogues Miller, a Mission Helper who had a television program for the deaf. Her first ministry among the deaf was in Detroit; later she served for 12 years as the Director of the Office of Deaf Ministry in the Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut. She returned to her native Boston in 2002 and continued her ministry at the New England Home for the Deaf.
Deacon Peter Harold Danesi III
September 27, 1941 - December 27, 2012
Mystic - Peter Harold Danesi III, 71, of Mystic, passed away in the early hours of Dec. 17, 2012, at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Peter spent his entire life in the Mystic area and had been the owner of Grossman’s Seafood of Mystic and Groton since 1968, where he spent many years working beside his wife, daughters, and sons-in-law. Peter was ordained a permanent deacon of the Roman Catholic Church in 1981. He faithfully served the communities of St. Patrick Church of Mystic and St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church in Groton. He was also an active deacon at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Port Charlotte, Fla. He leaves a legacy of loving ministry to the nursing homes and shut-ins of Mystic/Groton and Florida. Born Sept. 27, 1941, in New London, to Peter H. Danesi Jr. and Harriet Meuse. He is survived by Melissa Holby Danesi, his wife of 46 years; their daughters, Jennifer Mizzell of Mystic, Amy Coleman of Stonington, and Stephany Moeller of Owl’s Head, Maine; as well as six grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Marie O’Leary of Westerly and Peggy Philpot of Mystic; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by their son, Peter H. Danesi IV.
Sister Simone LeBlond, DHS
May 12, 1923 – November 23, 2012
Sr. Simone LeBlond, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died November 23, 2012 at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center, Putnam, where she had been in residence since 2010.
She was born on May 12, 1923 in Trois Pistoles, Qc, Canada and was the daughter of Pierre and Anna LeBlond. She entered religious life in 1940 in Putnam, CT and made her religious profession in August of 1945 at Holy Spirit Provincial House there. She was then known as Sr. Thérèse Lucille.
Sr. Simone obtained a B.A. in Education and was involved in education both as teacher in several schools and later as school Principal. In 1987 she went to work for the State of Connecticut in Hartford doing clerical work. In 1992 she became Coordinator at St. Clare Convent in Newport, RI until her retirement in 1998 in Manchester, CT. From there she moved to Notre Dame Convent in Putnam in 2003, to the Holy Spirit Provincial House in 2006 and to the Health Care Center in 2010.
Sister Marie Anne Vigneault, DHS
June 10, 1917 - August 5, 2012
Sr. Irene Bisaillon, DHS, 94, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center where she has been in residence
Sr. Marie Anne Vigneault, 95, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at The Holy Spirit Health Care Center in Putnam.
Born on June 10, 1917 in St. Valère, Canada, the daughter of Henri and Rose D. (Geoffrey) Vigneault, she entered religious life in 1934 and made profession at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France on September 2, 1937. She was then known as Sr. Rose Henri.
She was a dietician for most of her religious life and between 1937 and 1974 she was assigned in turn to St. Joseph Convent, Pawtucket, RI., Annhurst College in South Woodstock, CT , St. Mary Convent, Jewett City, CT, St. Anne Convent, Swanton, VT, the Provincial House in Putnam, St. Joseph Villa, Putnam, CT and St. Joseph Convent, Burlington, VT. In 1974 she was assigned to St. Joseph Guest House in New Haven, CT where she did domestic work. In 1979 she was assigned to St. Clare Home in Newport, RI where she served initially as a Nurses’ Aide and later as dietician until 1998 at which time she retired to the Provincial House in Putnam.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews, all of Canada and a cousin, Rita Plouffe of Chicopee, MA.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, August 10 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House Chapel in Putnam. The celebrant was Reverend Richard Archambault, Chaplain. The eulogy was given by Sister Michele Bisaillon, DHS. Burial followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Putnam.
Sister Irene Bisaillon, DHS
November 6, 1917 ~ April 28, 2012
Sr. Irene Bisaillon, DHS, 94, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center where she has been in residence
Born on November 6, 1917, in Ste. Christine, P.Q. Canada, the daughter of the late Henri and Laura (Duchesneau) Bisaillon, she entered religious life in 1934 and made her religious profession at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France on August 23, 1938. She was then known as Sr. Henri de Jésus. After her profession, Sr. Irene served as sacristan in Rostrenen, France for one year.
Upon her return to the United States in 1939, she was assigned to Fall River, MA at St. John’s Nursery as well as Pawtucket, RI where she served as Dietician. From 1954-1970 she taught in the following schools operated by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit: St. Mary’s, Jewett City, CT, St. Cecilia’s, Leominster, MA, Immaculate Conception, Fitchburg, MA and St. Anne, Swanton, VT. In 1972 she was appointed administrator of St. Joseph Guest House, New Haven, CT until 1983. She served in the same capacity at Holy Spirit Provincial House, Putnam, CT. from 1983 until 1998. She later retired at the Provincial House in 2000 and was admitted to Holy Spirit Health Care Center in 2008.
Survivors include one sister—Mrs. Julienne Ranger of Repentigny, P.Q. Canada; two brothers, Isidore Bisaillon of Wolcott, CT and Adrien Bisaillon of Barton, VT and several nieces and nephews among whom Sr. Michèle Bisaillon, DHS as well as grandnieces and grandnephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daughters of the Holy Spirit Retirement Fund, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT, 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Reverend Joseph Edward Nichols
May 4, 1921 – March 12, 2012
Norwich – The Reverend Joseph Edward Nichols, retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich, died March 12, 2012, in Windham, Connecticut. He was 90. Father Nichols honorably served his Country as a United States Navy veteran of World War II and faithfully served the Catholic Church as pastor of several parishes in the Diocese, including Saint Mary Parish for ten years before retiring in 1996. In retirement, Father Nichols is fondly remembered for his visitation of the sick and his familiar presence at Mass on Sunday at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich.
Father Nichols was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, May 4, 1921, son of Robert A. Nichols and Retta Nichols. He received an undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College and a degree in Philosophy at St. Jerome College in Ontario, Canada.
Father Nichols completed his theology studies at St. Francis Seminary in Loretto, PA. He was ordained a priest for service in the Diocese of Norwich on May 19, 1962, by the Most Reverend J. Carroll McCormick , D.D., Bishop of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese in Pennsylvania.
Father Nichols served in his first assignment as Assistant Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Middletown. In 1965, he was assigned to St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Pawcatuck, and six years later as Assistant Pastor at St. Joseph Church in New London. In 1974 Father Nichols became the Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Dayville, and Administrator of St. Ignatius Church in Rogers. In 1986 he was appointed Pastor at St. Mary in Baltic. In 1990, Father Nichols was appointed Bishop’s Liaison with the Retired Clergy of the Diocese.
Father Nichols is survived by his cousins, Robert M. Gillin of Bryn Mawr, PA. and Robert McDonald of Philadelphia, PA. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Robert Nichols and his sisters, Valerie, Joan and Frances Nichols.
Father Nichols’ Funeral Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Patrick Cathedral School, 211 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06320 or St. Joseph School, 10 School Rd., Baltic, CT. 06330.
Sister Roberta Rioux
June 18, 1936 - February 7, 2012
It was on the eve of celebrating 50 years of her mission work in Chile that Roberta Rioux, DHS (Paul du Sauveur) responded to her Lord’s invitation to eternal life midday on February 7, 2012. Sr. Roberta, Paula to many, was born on June 18, 1936 in Hartford, CT and baptized Mary Lucille Roberta by her parents Ernest and Eliana (Gosselin) Rioux. At 19 she entered the Novitiate of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit in Putnam, CT and pronounced her first vows in 1956. After earning her Bachelor’s Degree, Sister was assigned as a teacher in DHS operated schools in Burlington and Swanton, Vermont for the next three years.In 1962, Roberta was among the dozen Daughters of the Holy Spirit who responded to the Church’s request for missionaries to South America. She traveled to Santiago, Chile for a short period of acculturation. From Santiago, Roberta went to Antofagasta and Tocopilla where she worked as a teacher for six years. After a short break in France for health reasons, Hermana Paula returned to Chile and assisted in the formation of the young Chilean Sisters. It was at this time also that she became highly involved in parish, social and socio-political work in various ‘poblaciones’. In 1994 Sister spent a few more months in France honing her skills as a translator. She returned to Chile until 1997 when she was missioned to the DHS center in neighboring Callao, Perú where she focused on her translation work for the Congregation and performed social work among the Peruvians. Since the fall of 1997 Roberta had been back in Chile working extensively as a translator and being responsible for a large group of Associates. She was also highly involved in Accompaniment and Formation work. Sister Roberta was in the front lines with her sleeves rolled up to respond to the immediate needs of her people and to collaborate with other local movements and groups when the devastating earthquake struck 2 years ago.When asked recently why she had chosen to stay 50 years in Chile, Roberta answered without flinching: ”The important factor has always been the Latin Americans themselves, a joyful, welcoming and warm people...despite many years of continuous exploitation and poverty they have proven their solidarity and have maintained a profound hope”. Indeed la Hermana Paula experienced first-hand the situations of her ‘chosen people’ as she served them so well and so long with love and dedication as teacher, social worker, evangelizer, factory worker, victim of dishonest business practices, health care worker, counselor , translator , formator and spiritual advisor. The impact that Sister Roberta made on the thousands of lives she touched during her 50 years among the people of Chile and Peru is indeed to be celebrated. Paulita often read and sang the words of Machado “no hay camino...el camino se hace al andar” (there is no path, the path is forged as one walks along) and, as she greets her Lord we can imagine her saying, “Lord, be with them all, guide them and send your Spirit upon them to assure the path they continue to forge be one of justice and love for them and future generations”. Sister Roberta will be laid to rest in her adopted and beloved land where she indeed carried out our Lord’s mandate to “teach all nations.”
Reverend Thomas Plathottam, C.S.T.
November 8, 1947 ~ January 10, 2012
Reverend Thomas Plathottam, C.S.T., a priest of the Congregation of St. Therese, unexpectedly went to meet his Lord and Savior on January 10, 2012 while on Sabbatical in the Philippines. Father Plathottam was the former longtime pastor of Saint Luke Parish in Ellington, Connecticut. Affectionately known as Father Tom, he lovingly ministered to the parish family for 11+ years. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered. Father Tom was born in Kizhaparayar-Kerala, India, on November 8, 1947, a son of Mathew and the late Aleykutty Plathottam. He joined the congregation in 1965 and received his education at the Little Flower and Saint Joseph Pontifical Seminaries. He professed his first vows in 1967 and his final vows in 1971. He was ordained to the priesthood in Kothamangalam, India, on December 16, 1974, by Bishop Mar Mathew Pothanamuzhy. After ordination, Father Tom worked as a staff member at the Jyoti Niketan School in Azamgarh (India) for one year. From 1976-1980, he did missionary work in Nichlaul (India). The following 11 years he was a social worker in Attapadi (India) prior to coming to the United States. With great humor, he often enjoyed telling stories about his experiences as a missionary in India, especially his exploits while traveling from village to village on a horse through very muddy terrain. His heart always remained faithful to his missionary roots. Within the Norwich Diocese, Father Tom was assigned to St. Joseph Church in Windham County on March 19, 1990, as Parochial Vicar. He briefly returned home to India nine months later. In 1991, he came back to the Norwich Diocese and was assigned as temporary Parochial Vicar for several churches, including St. Joseph (North Grosvenordale), St. Mary (Putnam), St. Luke (Ellington) until February 22, 1993, when he went to St. John’s Church (Old Saybrook) as Temporary Administrator and then became Parochial Vicar of St. Mary Church in Putnam. Later on, he was asked by Rev. Daniel Hart, the Bishop of Norwich at the time, to be Pastor of St. Luke. He took on the role in October 20, 1999, until his Sabbatical. Through his financial acumen, a church heavily in debt became a flourishing and financially healthy parish. He successfully ran a capital campaign to build a parish center in 2004. The campaign raised $1.4 million, and in 2006, the parish center became a reality. Also important to him during his tenure at St. Luke was his prison ministry as Chaplain at CRCI and Enfield CI and the inmates who sought his spiritual direction. In addition to his mother, he is predeceased by his brother Jose Plathottam (Canada). He is survived by his father Mathew Plathottam and loving family, Sister Rose Plathottam, S.C.N. (India); James and Sarala Plathottam (India); Sister Anice Plathottam, S.A.B.S. (Kenya); Mathew and Sherly Plathottam (India); Devisiachan and Alice Plathottam (India); Bobby and Shiney Plathottam (Canada); Lissy and Seby Manavalan (Canada); Tessy and Martin Chamakalayil (Canada); Soly and Mathew Vettukallel (California); Sojan and Lisa Plathottam (Canada); sister-in-law Rani Plathottam (Canada); and many nieces and nephews. A Parish Mass in his honor was held on January 17. Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich offered a Memorial Mass, January 28 at St. Luke Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke Church, P.O. Box 246, Ellington, CT 06029. To share a memory or for online condolences please visit: www.pietrasfuneralhome.com
Sr. Gertrude Bonin, DHS
June 23, 1913 – January 15, 2012
Putnam – Sr. Gertrude Bonin, 98, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Sunday, January 15, 2012 in the Holy Spirit Health Care Center in Putnam, CT where she had been a resident since 2009. Sr. Gertrude was born on June 23, 1913 in Putnam, CT, the daughter of the late Pierre-Emile and Edouilda (Guertin) Bonin. She held a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, Purchase, NY, and a Masters in Music from Duquesne University, Pittsburg, PA. In 1932, Sr. Gertrude entered religious life in Putnam, CT and made her religious profession on August 8, 1935 at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. She was then known as Sr. Emile de Jesus. She was primarily a music teacher most of her religious life. She served as a musician in CT at Wauregan and Jewett City and then in Burlington and Swanton, VT and then in New Haven, CT. Following this, she taught in Leominster, MA. In 1956 she was one of 7 sisters assigned to the opening of St. Bernard High School in New London, CT where she taught music and French. She then served in Waterbury, CT and from 1967-1980 she served as assistant professor of music at Annhurst College, Woodstock, CT. In 1985, she returned to Putnam and served as church organist at St. Mary Church of the Visitation until 2007 when she retired to the Provincial House. A funeral Mass of Christian burial was held at the Provincial House Chapel on Thursday, January 19, 2012, followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery, Putnam, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Daughters of the Holy Spirit Retirement Fund, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT, 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com
Reverend Robert W. Cronin
August 15, 1926 - December 28, 2011
The Rev. Robert W. Cronin died on December 8, 2011 at his home in the McAuley, in West Hartford. The son of William H. and Mary E. (Wilson) Cronin, he was born on August 15, 1926 in Hartford. Educated at St. Michael School, he went on to St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, NY, St. John Seminary in Brighton, MA and St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, MD. He was ordained on May 22, 1952 in St. Thomas Seminary Chapel. He served as assistant to the pastor at St. Patrick Church in Mystic (3 years), Sacred Heart Church, Groton, (2 years), and St. Mary Church, New London (8 years). At St. Mary Church he was also made Director of Catholic Charities (New London district). At the beginning of his second year of ministry the former statewide Diocese of Hartford was split into three with the eastern portion of Connecticut becoming the Diocese of Norwich. In 1965 he was appointed pastor of St. Maurice Church in Bolton, and made director of the Diocesan Liturgy Commission, elected also to the Priests’ Senate of the Diocese of Norwich. Liturgical updating of St. Maurice Church building and the construction of a parish center were accomplished during his 15 years there. He made it a point to learn every parishioner’s first name as he felt this was very important. He was next assigned as pastor of St. Agnes Church, Niantic (10 years). And in 1990 he was assigned to St. Colman Church in Middlefield. In each of these parishes, he updated the physical plants (in some cases, substantially), however his focus was primarily on bringing renewal to the liturgical experience for those he served. In 1988 he was made a member of the diocesan Presbyteral Council, a post he held until 2008. In 1996 because of increasing deafness he reluctantly retired and went to live with his brother in West Hartford, eventually moving to the McAuley in 2009. In February of 2011, the parish of St. Maurice rededicated the Parish Center Library and renamed it in honor of Fr. Cronin. He is survived by his nieces, Raelene L. Cronin, and Karen C. Seligson and her husband Ray; his great nephew Alexander C. Seligson and sister-in-law Elizabeth Cronin. He was predeceased by his brother, William H. Cronin III, and his sister and brother-in-law, Louise M. and John J. Cronin. He would like to think that his most important contribution in each parish was the spiritual and liturgical enlightenment he offered. On Saturday, December 31, 2011 in St. Maurice Church in Bolton, the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich, celebrated the Funeral Mass for Fr. Cronin with Father’s brother priests as concelebrants. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Diocese of Norwich, Retirement Plan for Priests, 201 Broadway, Norwich CT 06360. Molloy Funeral Home, West Hartford has care of arrangements. On line expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com
Rev. Kenneth P. Flint
died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011
Norwich - Charlestown, R.I. - Rev. Kenneth P. Flint, 95, of Charlestown, R.I., died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at home. A native of New Haven, Fr. Flint was ordained in St. Joseph Cathedral on May 14, 1942. His first appointment was to Sacred Heart Church in Bridgeport, and in 1950, he came to St. Joseph Church in New London. In 1960, he was chosen to open the first Catholic parish in Waterford. He built St. Paul Church and remained as pastor there for 20 years. During that time he was elected president of the first Senate of Priests. After his retirement, Fr. Flint assisted at numerous parishes throughout the diocese until macular degeneration prevented him from driving. At Fr. Flint’s request, his remains were returned to St. John the Baptist Church, New Haven, where he celebrated his first Mass on May 15, 1942, 69 years ago. The Funeral Mass was celebrated September 17, 2011, followed by interment in St. Lawrence Cemetery, New Haven. Fr. Flint’s immediate survivors are his sister, Mrs. Jean Cuomo of Charlestown, R.I., with whom he made his home; and a brother, Paul of Charlestown, S.C. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to RICAN (Rhode Island Citizens Assisting the Needy), PO Box 204, Charlestown RI 02813.
Reverend Robert B. Lynch
October 13, 1929 ~ August 6, 2011
Norwich - Reverend Robert Burnham Lynch 81, of 70 Central Ave. Norwich, CT died August 6 at his home at St. Mary’s Church Rectory in Norwich. He was born in New Haven on October 13, 1929, beloved son of Edward Dennis and Mary Elizabeth (Knapp) Lynch. Fr. Bob grew up in West Haven, CT. He graduated in 1947, from West Haven High School and went on to Fairfield University Class of 1951. In June of 1951, he joined the United States Marine Corp. and served his country honorably during the Korean War. Fr. Bob worked in collections for GMAC and was also a Good Humor Ice Cream truck driver. After his service to his country he went on to serve his God first by entering St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass, and was ordained on Feb. 2, 1960, in New Haven by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien at St. John the Baptist Church. His first assignment was at St. Mary’s Church in Norwich from 1960 to 1964; he was at St. Mary’s Church in Coventry from 1964 to 1968; next he was assigned to St. John’s Church in Middletown; and as Pastor of Our Lady of the Lakes, Oakdale from 1975 to 1985; and St. Matthew’s Church in Tolland from 1985 to 1987. He started his last assignment where he began at St. Mary’s Church in Norwich from 1987 to his retirement in 2005. He had been St. Mary’s Church Pastor Emeritus from 2005. Fr. Bob was the Spiritual Director of the Legion of Mary for the Diocese of Norwich. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary’s Church. Fr. Bob volunteered at the St. Vincent De Paul Place in Norwich. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on August 11 by the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, at St. Mary’s Church in Norwich followed by burial with Military Honors in the priest section at St. Joseph Cemetery in Norwich. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to St. Mary’s Church 70 Central Ave. Norwich, CT 06360 or Catholic Charities 331 Main St. Norwich, CT 06360. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.cummings-gagnefh.com
Sister Alice Carrow
March 14, 1928 – June 13, 2011
Sr. Alice Carrow, DHS, 83, member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit died on Monday, June 13, at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center where she has been in residence since 2003. Sr. Alice was born on March 14, 1928 in Tupper Lake, NY, the daughter of the late Adelard and Bertha (LaRose) Carrow. In 1950, she entered religious life and made her religious profession on August 18, 1953 at the Provincial House in Putnam, CT. She was then known as Sr. Elizabeth Adelard. A graduate of Diocesan Sisters’ College, Sr. Alice earned a B.A. in Education. Following which she taught in elementary and Junior high school in Waterbury, Jewett City, Moosup and Plainville – all in Connecticut as well as in Burlington, VT and Tupper Lake, NY. In 1995 she retired from teaching and did Pastoral work at St. Alphonsus Parish, Tupper Lake, NY, until her retirement at Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam, CT in 2003.
Rev. Eugene L. Pilatowski
September 5, 1929 - June 27, 2011
Norwich - Rev. Eugene L. Pilatowski, 81, of Norwich entered eternal rest on Monday, June 27, 2011 in Hamden. Father Eugene was born in New Haven, on September 5, 1929, one of eight children of the late Anthony and Anna (Marchut) Pilatowski. He attended elementary, high school and New Haven State Teacher's College in New Haven. After teaching on the junior high school level in New Haven, he joined the Vincentian Fathers in Northampton, PA. Upon completion of his studies Fr. Pilatowski was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1960 at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton. He served as assistant pastor of St. Stanislaus Church in New Haven from 1960 to 1962. Later he served at St. Vincent's Mission House in Whitestone, New York from 1962 to 1965. Then, from 1965 to 1966, he attended the Theology Institute in Krakow, Poland. Upon returning to the United States, Fr. Pilatowski was assigned to St. Vincent's Mission House in Utica, NY where he also served as a civilian chaplain at Griffins Air Force Base in Rome, NY until 1968. In 1968, Fr. Pilatowski was assigned to St. Joseph's Church in Ansonia as an assistant pastor. In 1969, he was reassigned to St. Vincent's Mission House in Utica. Later in 1973 he was named assistant pastor of St. Mary's Church in Putnam where he served until he was assigned to St. Mary's Church in Jewett City. Then in 1975, he was assigned to St. Joseph's Church in Norwich as an assistant pastor and was named pastor of the parish in September of 1980.Fr. Pilatowski served as chaplain of several parish societies and was also the moderator of the Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in the Norwich District. He is survived by his brother, Rev. Augustine Pilatowski; sister, Elizabeth Orzolek; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Victor Pelatowski, Theodore Pilatowski and Rev. Frederick J. Pilatowski; and two sisters, Nell Pilatowski and Tess Bellis. Fr. Pilatowski's body will be received into St. Joseph Church on Wednesday at 4:00 P.M. and will lay in state until 9:00 P.M. At 6:00 P.M. there will be a Recital of the Rosary in memory of Fr. Pilatowski and all departed priests. A Parish Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Bishop Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 120 Cliff St., Norwich. A Memorial Repast will be held in the St. Joseph School Hall immediately following the mass. Private burial will be at All Saint's Cemetery in North Haven. Woyasz & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Reverend Anthony P. Kuzdal
July 5, 1923 - April 12, 2011
Colchester - Reverend Anthony P. Kuzdal, 87, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at St. Mary Home in West Hartford. Born, July 5, 1923 in Willimantic, Tony was the son of Anthony and Mary Kuzdal. A 1944 graduate of the University of Connecticut (B.S.), he later served at UConn as a graduate assistant in the Chemistry Department before beginning his studies for the priesthood. He graduated from St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore and the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and was ordained into the priesthood on May, 10, 1956 at the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich by the Most Reverend Bernard J. Flanagan, D.D, Bishop of Norwich. Father Tony began and concluded his 37 years as a parish priest at St. Andrew Parish in Colchester. He spent five weeks as a summer assistant at St. Andrew in May-June of 1956 before moving to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Storrs, on the campus of his alma mater, as assistant pastor from 1956-64. He served as assistant pastor at St. Mary in Portland (1964-66) and St. Bernard in Rockville (1966-68). In July of 1968, Father Tony was named to his first pastorate at St. Stephen Church in Quinebaug and in June of 1977 he was appointed pastor of St. Edward the Confessor Church in Stafford Springs. In November of 1984, Father Kuzdal returned to St. Andrew Parish in Colchester and he retired from his final pastoral assignment in July of 1993. Father Kuzdal is survived by a niece, Patricia Tolokan of North Windham, CT, nephew Timothy Tolokan and wife Diane of Storrs, CT and nephew Anthony Tolokan and wife Mary and great nephews John and Alek of North Salt Lake, UT. In addition to his parents, Father Tony was predeceased by sisters Rose Tolokan and Josephine Beaudry and brothers Theodore and Thomas. The family wishes to express its sincere thanks for the exceptional care provided Father Tony by the nurses and staff at St. Joseph Living Center in Willimantic and St. Mary Home in West Hartford. The transfer of the body to St. Andrew Church, 128 Norwich, Ave., Colchester CT will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, and will be presided over by Very Reverend Leszek T. Janik, J.C.L. Vicar General of the Diocese of Norwich. Following that ceremony Father Kuzdal's body will lie in state at St. Andrew Church from 4-7 P.M. on Wednesday, April 13. A Parish Mass will be celebrated for his repose on Wednesday at 7 P.M. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D., Bishop of Norwich on Thursday, April 14, at 10:30 A.M. at St. Andrew Church. Burial will follow at New St. Andrew Cemetery in Colchester. Belmont / Sabrowski Funeral Home of Colchester in care of arrangements.
Brother Donat J. Daigle, OMI
September 4, 1931 - December 4, 2010
Missionary Oblate Brother for 48 Years - Bro. Donat J. Daigle, OMI, 79, died at Blair House, Tewksbury, MA on December 4, 2010 after a lengthy illness. He was born in Lowell, MA on September 4, 1931, a son of the late Wilfred and Cecile (Morrissette) Daigle.
Bro. Donat entered the Oblate Novitiate in Colebrook, NH on October 31, 1953 and made his first vows there on November 1, 1954. He professed perpetual vows on November 1, 1960 in Bucksport, ME.
Inspired by the example of his uncle, Fr. Donat Morissette, OMI, he began studies at Bucksport, ME, but as time went on, he realized his talents were drawing him to the life of a brother rather than a priest.
Following Bucksport he was assigned briefly to Immaculata Retreat House, Willimantic, CT. He then joined with Bro. Paul Ricard, OMI to form a mobile team in 1979. They were given a van and the tools needed for repairs and minor construction. They traveled the province, saving the Oblates thousands of dollars.
Bro. Daigle served at the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace, Colebrook, NH, Ephpheta House, Manvill, RI, and Our Lady of Good Counsel House, Lowell, MA. From 1981 to 1985 he was on the staff of the Oblate Seminary in Natick, MA while serving two terms as a provincial council member. He was the first Oblate brother to be a member of the Provincial Council. In September of 1984, he returned to the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace in Colebrook and was the first Oblate brother to be appointed superior of a Northern Province Oblate Community. He served three terms as superior in Colebrook, and stayed on for one more year as treasurer.
In 1993, he was assigned to the staff at the St. Paul Center in Augusta, ME. The work that the maintenance team did there was extensive and very professional. He also served as treasurer and assistant to the superior. In 1997, this property was transferred to the Diocese of Portland, ME and he remained there until February of 1998 to close the center after many years of service to the Catholic community of Maine.
Bro. Donat joined the staff at the Immaculata Retreat House for a second time in March of 1998. He then returned to Colebrook, NH in April of 2006. He remained until fall of 2010, when due to failing health, he was assigned to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence in Tewksbury, MA.
Reverend Robert A. Murphy
February 10, 1930 - October 12, 2010
Reverend Robert A. Murphy, 80, pastor of Saint Joseph Church in Chester, died peacefully on Oct. 12 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Father Murphy was born Feb. 10, 1930 in Freeport, New York, son of the late William and Margaret Murphy. He was the beloved husband of Janet Murphy, who predeceased him on Oct. 19, 1986. After Janet died, Father Murphy decided to become a Catholic priest and attended Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, receiving a master of divinity degree on May 12, 1993.
Even before his Ordination, he worked on the Seminary Campus for the Mass Association. He was ordained on Nov. 20, 1993 at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick by the Most Reverend Daniel P. Reilly, Bishop of Norwich.
A member of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles Order, Father Murphy’s parish ministry included weekend assistance at Saint Bridget’s Church in Moodus from January 1994 through July of 1997, and during July and August of 1997, he assisted at Saint Mary Parish in Stonington. He was assigned to Saint John’s Church in Old Saybrook on Sept. 3, 1997 as parochial vicar and assisted at Saint Joseph’s Church in New London.
He was transferred to Saint Joseph Church in Chester on Nov. 1, 1998 to serve as its pastor. For the past 11 years, Father Murphy dedicated his life to his parish in Chester. He was appointed local animator Aug. 21, 1996 by the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles, and he also served his order as a member of the Provincial Council for two terms.
Father Murphy not only enjoyed spending time with his own family, but was instrumental in gathering the families of St. Joseph’s parish through socials, dinners, and other events. He was also a veteran, having served his country during the Korean War.
He is survived by six beloved daughters, Christine Mennone and her husband Michael of Guilford, Kathleen Honeywell and her husband C. Laing of Burlington Township, New Jersey, Gail Stevens and her husband Michael of Burlington Township, New Jersey, Patricia Garft and her husband James of Yardley, Pennsylvania, Karen Hart and her husband Charles of Hamilton, New Jersey, and Cheryl Blake of Front Royal, Virginia. He is also survived by his 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two sisters, and three brothers. He was predeceased by four brothers.
A vigil for Father Murphy, with reception, was held on Oct. 15 at Saint Joseph’s Church, Chester, followed by visitation and a parish mass. The funeral mass, presided over by The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, was held on Oct. 16. Burial with full military honors took place in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts maybe made to Saint Joseph’s Church, 48 Middlesex Ave., Chester, CT. 06412. The Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, Centerbrook, was in charge of arrangements.
Sister Louis Ernest Brodeur, DHS
May 25, 1922 - September 14, 2010
Sr. Louis Ernest, 88, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit died on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at Holy Spirit Health Care Center in Putnam, CT where she had been a patient since January of 2008.
Born Leonie Brodeur on May 25, 1922 in Wauregan, CT, the daughter of the late Arthuer and Celinise (Kerouac) Brodeur, SR. Louis entered religious life in 1938 and made her religious profession on July 1, 1943 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putname, CT.
Sr. Louis studied at St. Joseph Hospital in New York where she earned an LPN certificate and served in health care all of her religious life in the following localities - Fall River, MA; Pawtucket, RI; Putnam, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Newport, RI; and Providence, RI - all of this spanning a total 64 years and most of it in district nursing.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, September 17 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House Chapel in Putnam. The celebrant was Rev. Richard Archambault, Chaplain. The eulogy was given by Sr. Linda Babineau, DHS, Assistant Coordinator of the Holy Spirit Provincial House and Health Care Center. Burial followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Putnam.
Brother Paul Marcil, MSA
December 18, 1938 - July 16, 2010
Br Paul Marcil of the Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles (MSA) died on July 16, 2010 at the Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC. He had been a member of the Society since his first promise of fidelity on June 7, 1968, when he was just 29 years of age.
During his early years of membership in the Society, Br Paul was cook at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT, and then as resident in the Society House on Quincy St. he was both part-time cook and one of the members designated to pick up food and supplies. While in Cromwell, he worked as a volunteer at the St Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen in Middletown, CT. And in Washington, DC, he provided food and supplies delivery and other forms of manual service for the Little Sisters of the Poor.
He took human need seriously, and would pray for the needy on finding out about them at any time. At Mass, he would often do the first reading for those present, slowly, with difficulty, but eloquently. He loved to cook, and especially to cook for visitors.
We will miss this unique brother of ours, and his memory won’t fade. He will have a special place in our family stories for a long time ahead. We pray for his soul, but also ask his prayers, which we’re confident will win us much good from the Lord, for our community and apostolic initiatives.