Sr. Catherine Theresa Sottak, DHS, age 93, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Tuesday February 7, 2023 at St Joseph Living Center, Windham, CT.
Born on August 1, 1929, in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of the late Edward Sottak and Catherine (Maloney) Sottak, she grew up in New Bedford, MA. Sr. Catherine entered religious life in 1945 and made her religious profession at the Provincial House, Putnam, CT on August 16, 1949. She was then known as Sr. Catherine Thérèse. She received a B.A. in education from Annhurst College, South Woodstock, CT and later an LPN Certificate from Windham County Technical School in Willimantic, CT.
From 1949 to 1976, Sr. Catherine taught in the following schools: All Hallows, Moosup, CT; St. Mary’s, Putnam, CT, St. Joseph, Burlington, VT and St. Anthony, Bridgeport, CT including serving as principal of St. Martin de Porres School in Gadsden, AL for 15 years.
After receiving her LPN certificate in 1978 she worked in migrant ministry in Princess Ann, MD. Later, she continued nursing at St. Joseph Villa and the Provincial House, both in Putnam, CT. Sr. Catherine had long felt a call to become a missionary and in 1983 she became a missionary-nurse in a pre-natal clinic in Ile Ife, Nigeria. When Sr. Catherine returned to the United States she continued nursing at the Provincial House in Putnam, CT. In1986 Sr. Catherine returned to St. Martin de Porres in Gadsden, AL as pastoral assistant where she was involved in ministry to the poor. In 1988 she went to Jeremie, Haiti as a missionary for a brief time. From 1990 to 2005 Sr. Catherine worked with the Visiting Nurses’ Association in Waterbury, CT. She then returned to the Provincial House where she served as sacristan. Sr. Catherine became part of St. Joseph Community at St. Joseph Living Center in 2016.
Sr. Catherine is survived by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit spiritual family – her Sisters in community, the Consecrated Seculars and the Associates. She is also survived by her sister Gale Howland of Gilford, NH and her brother Paul Sottak of Gilford, NH. She was predeceased by sisters Sharon Troutman, Patricia Romprey and Eileen Mangham and brothers Edward Sottak, Barry Sottak, William Benoit and Peter Benoit.
Calling hours will be on Monday February 13, 2023, at 10:00 AM at Corpus Christi Parish / St. Joseph Church, 99 Jackson St., Willimantic, CT with a prayer service at 10:15 AM. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 AM followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Putnam at 2:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to DHS Retirement Fund, P.O. Box 497, Putnam, CT 06260. The Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT is in charge of arrangements. For Memorial Guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
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