Sr. Pauline Desroches, DHS
Putnam-Sr. Pauline Desroches, 85, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit died on Wednesday, August 18 in the Holy Spirit Health Care Center in Putnam where she had been a resident since 2008.
Born on December 17, 1924 in Waterbury, CT the daughter of Joseph and Flore Desroches, she entered religious life in 1942 and made her religious profession on August 18, 1947 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam, CT. She was then known as Sr. Pauline Francis.
She was a teacher for most of her religious life, having earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Education. Her teaching assignments beginning in 1947 included schools in CT, MA, upstate NY, VT and CA where she served as teacher and Principal in schools there. In 1985, she went to the Appalachian region and tutored in Hurley, VA. In 1986, she did Migrant Ministry in Painter as well as Aspers, VA and in 1988, she taught adult basic education in Hayneville, AL, continuing this ministry in Providence, RI until 1998. She retired to the Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam in 2005.
She is survived by a brother, Roland, of Escondido, CA and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours at the Provincial House will be on Sunday, August 22, 2010 from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm with a Prayer Service at 7:15 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Holy Spirit Provincial House on Monday, August 23 at 11 AM followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery in Putnam.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to DHS Retirement Fund, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT, 06260. Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT is in charge of arrangements.