August 16, 1922 – September 11, 2017
Sr. Rita Marie Quintal, 95, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit died on Monday, September 11, 2017, at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham, CT.
Born Marie Eva Rita Quintal in Lawrence, MA on August 16, 1922, she was the daughter of Narcisse and Bertha (Bolduc) Quintal. She entered religious life in Putnam, CT at the Holy Spirit Provincial House there in 1938 and made her religious profession in 1943. She was then known as Sr. Bertha de Jesus.
She taught in elementary schools operated by Daughters of the Holy Spirit in Massachusetts, Upstate New York, Connecticut and Vermont from 1943-1976. In 1977 she took a 2-year course in Fashion & Design in Boston in preparation for teaching sewing. Following this she put her knowledge of sewing to use in Springfield, MA where she taught sewing at Casa Cristo Rey and in Waterbury, CT in 1978. In 1979 she returned to Boston as a student and from 1980-84 she worked at various ministries at St. Joseph Guest House in New Haven, in Upstate, NY and in Woodstock, CT. In 1985 she worked as a homemaker for Kelly Healthcare in Lawrence, MA. From 1986-94 she worked as a seamstress for Ben’s Uniforms, Amesbury, MA, O’Donnell’s in Newport, RI and So-Fro Fabric in Middletown, RI. In 1996 she moved back to Putnam and worked as a Nurse’s Aid part time and from 1997 she taught sewing. In January of 2014, she retired to the Provincial House and in August of 2016 she transferred to St. Joseph Living Center in Windham, CT.
She is survived by a sister Mrs. Theresa Avard of NH, several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews as well as her spiritual family,
her sisters in community, the Consecrated Seculars and the DHS Associates.
Calling hours at the Provincial House, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT, will be on Thursday September 14, 2017, from 6 to 8 P.M. With a Prayer Service at 7:15P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 15, 2017, at the Provincial House chapel at 11 A.M. Burial to follow in 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 Street, Putnam, CT is in charge of arrangements. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.