Sr. Anna Vezina, DHS, 85, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Thursday, December 5 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House where she has been in residence since 2002.
Born on October 21, 1920 in Montmagny, P.Q. Canada, the daughter of the late Ferdinand and Anna (Talon) Vezina, Sr. Anna entered religious life in 1936 and made her religious profession on August 22, 1940 at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. She was then known as Sr. Anne
Following her profession, Sr. Anna was assigned to Quintin and Callac, France where she performed domestic services. During the second World War Sister was an internee at Le Mans, Besancon and Vittel, France. From 1941 to 1946 she was under house arrest at Pre St. Gervais, France. Upon her return to the United States, she served as dietician in various places—Annhurst College, South Woodstock, CT; St. Anne Convent, Swanton, VT; St. Elizabeth Guest House and St. Anne Convent in Hartford, CT. She also worked at the Carter Day Nursery in Providence, RI and the Garretson Memorial Nursery in Newport, RI. After performing domestic services at the Provincial House, Putnam, CT and St. Joseph Guest House, New Haven, CT, Sr. Anna prepared for and received certification as a nurses’ aide and was involved in home nursing in Bridgeport, CT since 1981. She retired at the Provincial House in 2002.
Survivors include one brother, Romeo Vezina of Daytona Beach, FL and one sister, Mrs. Marie Petryk of Port St. Lucie, FL, several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Calling hours at the Provincial House will be on Sunday, January 8 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:15 PM A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, January 9 at 11:00 AM 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.