November 4,1928 – September 1,2016
Sr. Carmen Carbonneau, 88, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Thursday, September 1 at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham, CT.
Born in Lewiston, ME on November 4,1928, she was the daughter of Henri and Anne Marie (Bureau) Carbonneau. She entered religious life in August of 1960 at Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam, CT and made her religious profession there on June 1, 1962. She was then known as Sr. Anna Maria.
She held a B.A. from Diocesan Sisters’ College, Putnam Branch. She taught in elementary schools operated by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit from 1962-1973 in Chicopee, MA, Waterbury, Plainville, and Moosup, CT, as well as Tupper Lake, NY. In 1974, she taught at St. Bernard High School in Fitchburg, MA, and at Cathedral High School in Bridgeport, CT, in 1975 until 1978 when she became Provincial Secretary in Putnam. In December of 1985, she was assigned to Patterson, CA, to study Spanish in view of discerning a future apostolate. In August of 1987, she was missioned to Peru where she did Pastoral work. In 1989, she returned to the United States and worked as Secretary/Receptionist at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford, CT, and retired to Holy Spirit Provincial House in February of 2010. She was transferred to St. Joseph Living Center in Windham, CT, on July 1, 2016, following the close of the Holy Spirit Health Care Center in Putnam.
She is survived by her spiritual family, her sisters in community, the Consecrated Seculars and the Associates as well as a sister. Mrs. Lucille Ficaro of Avon, CT and a brother Paul Carbonneau of Lewiston, ME and several nieces and nephews all of whom mourn her passing
Calling hours at the Provincial House, 72 Church St., Putnam, will be on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, from 5-8 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:15PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at 11:00AM in the chapel of the Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the DHS Retirement Fund, Holy Spirit Provincial House, 72 Church St., Putnam. CT 06260. Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT is in charge of arrangements. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.