1917 – 2016
Putnam – Sr. Rita St. Onge, 99, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit died Thursday, October 27, 2016 at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham where she had been in residence since July 1, 2016.
Born on August 30, 1917 in Putnam, CT, the daughter of the late William A. St. Onge and Alma (Desautels) St. Onge, she entered religious life in 1935 and made her religious profession on August 23, 1938 at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. She was then known as Sr. Rita de la Croix
After her profession, she was assigned as a teacher at Notre Dame du Mur, Morlaix, and at Ste. Marie Juniorate in Auray, both in France. From 1942-44, she was an internee in Vittel, France during World War II.
Upon her return to the United States, Sr. Rita received a B.A. at Annhurst College, South Woodstock, CT and later an M.A. in Theology at Providence College, Providence, RI. Her teaching assignments included St. Mary’s School, Putnam, CT and St. Anne School, Waterbury, CT. From 1951-53, Sr. Rita was named American representative on the General Council, St. Brieuc, France. After serving nine years as Mistress of Novices in the American Province, she was appointed Provincial. Upon termination of her term, she taught at Annhurst College in South Woodstock, CT after which she served as CCD Coordinator at St. Mary’s Parish, Putnam, CT and from 1986-2001 she served as pastoral associate in the same parish.
She was predeceased by three brothers, Msgr. Paul St. Onge, at one time the Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich, Rev. Theodore St. Onge, and Atty. William St. Onge, United States Representative at one time. She is survived by her spiritual family, her sisters in community, the Consecrated Seculars and the DHS Associates as well as nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Calling hours at the Holy Spirit Provincial House chapel will be on Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 5:00 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 Monday, October 31 at 11:00 a.m. at the Provincial House chapel followed by burial at St. Mary’s 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. Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT is in charge of arrangements. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com/