Sr. Doris Bérubé, DHS, 94 , a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center where she has been in residence since September 2012.
Born on January 3, 1920 in Hartford, CT, the daughter of the late Thomas and Philomène (Bélanger) Bérubé, Sr. Doris entered religious life in 1942 and made her religious profession at the Holy Spirit Provincial House on July 1, 1943. She was then known as Sr. Thérèse Thomas.
Sr. Doris received a B.A. from Diocesan Sisters’ College, South Woodstock, CT, a Certification in TESL, teaching English as a second language from St. Michael’s College, Winooski, VT and an M.A. from Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT. Primarily a teacher and educator for most of her religious life, Sr. Doris’ assignments were as follows: St. Anne School, Waterbury, CT; St. Mary’s School, Putnam, CT; and Holy Family School, Fairfield, CT; From 1965-72 Sr. Doris prepared prospective teachers and was named Director of the International Institute at Annhurst College, South Woodstock, CT. From 1972-74 she served as Principal at St. Mary’s School, Jewett City, CT. Upon her return to Annhurst College, she was both an ESL teacher and Administrator of the Institute as well as assistant professor in the Education and English Departments until the closure of Annhurst in 1980.
Following this she was CCD Coordinator of St. Mary’s Parish, Putnam, CT and later served as Secretary at Hawkins House in Danielson, CT. Her last assignment was that of Secretariat aide at the Provincial House until her retirement there in 2002.
Survivors include two nieces Ellen Standke of Palm Harbor, FL and Diane Paré of Avon, CT; and a nephew Normand Mathieu of Bloomfield, CT; as well as several grandnieces and grandnephews.
Calling hours at the Provincial House chapel, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT, will be on Monday, November 10, 2014, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:15 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, November 11 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’s Funeral Home, 104 Church St. Putnam, CT is in charge of arrangements. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.