October 10, 1921 –January 14, 2017
Putnam – Sr. Marie Gabrielle Demars, 95, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died Saturday, January 14, 2017 at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham, where she had been a resident since June, 2016.
Born Dora Gladys Demars on October 10, 1921 in Tupper Lake, NY, the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (LePage) Demars, Sr. Marie Gabrielle entered religious life in 1938 and made her religious profession at the Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam, CT on July 1, 1943.
She earned a B.A. from Diocesan Sisters’ College in Putnam, followed by an M.A. from Boston College and a Ph.D. from Fordham University in New York. She had a long and varied teaching career beginning at St. Joseph School in Waterbury, CT in 1943 followed by All Hallows School in Moosup, CT in 1952. In 1955 she returned to Waterbury and taught at St. Anne School there. Her next assignment was at Annhurst College where she taught until 1978. In 1981 she was assigned to All Saints School in Anniston, AL where she served as Principal. In 1990 she went to Nigeria and served as school principal in one of our schools in Ogbomosho until her return to the USA in 1995. At that point she resided at Bethany Community in Hartford, CT and volunteered her services at Trust House there. She retired at the Holy Spirit Provincial House in November of 2004.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grandnephews. Calling hours at the Provincial House will be on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:15 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery in Putnam, CT.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the D.H.S. Retirement Fund, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT, 06260. The Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT has been entrusted with arrangements. For memorial guestbook, please visit www.GilmanandValade.com.