1934 – 2017
Putnam – Gil Marie Balthazar completed her earthly journey April 14, 2017 at Matulaitis Nursing Home. Marie Gilberte was born in Sheldon Springs, VT to Arthur Joseph Balthazar and Noella Adrienne Fontaine Balthazar on March 12, 1934, the youngest of four.
She survived by her oldest sister Mariette Moreau, who resides in Vermont. Her two brothers, Real and Bernard predeceased Gil Marie.
Gil Marie professed her first vows in the Congregation of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit on April 9, 1959. Over the years Gil Marie (Sister Claire Terese, DHS) was involved several different ministries. She taught in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Canada; then she was Chaplain in a regional school in Canada, this was followed by pastoral care among migrant farm workers in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Gil Marie went back to school to receive her LPN degree and work as private nurse at the Daughters of the Holy Spirit until she retired.
Gil Marie transferred from being a Daughter of the Holy Spirit to being a member of the Secular Branch of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit on June, 2003.
The members of the Secular Branch of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit thank the nurses and staff at Matulaitis Nursing Home for their care of Gil Marie Balthazar, CS/DHS.
Calling hours will be held at the Daughter of the Holy Spirit Chapel, 72 Church St., Putnam from 4:00 to 8:00PM, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. A Funeral Mass will be in the Daughter of the Holy Spirit Chapel at 11:30AM on Wednesday April 19, 2017. Burial will be in Vermont at a later date. Cremation and Funeral Services have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.