February 15, 1925 –March 20, 2016
Putnam – Sr. Flore Trudeau, 91, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Holy Spirit Health Care Center where she had been in residence since 2011.
She was born on February 15, 1925 in Graniteville, VT and was the daughter of Louis and Hélène (Thériault) Trudeau. She entered religious life in 1941 at Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam, CT and made her religious profession there on August 20, 1945. She was then known as Sr. Hélène de St. Joseph.
She earned a B.A. from Diocesan Sisters’ College in Woodstock, CT in 1969 and an MA in Theology from St. Michael College in Winooski, VT in 1976. She was a teacher for most of her religious life from 1945-1991 in schools operated by Daughters of the Holy Spirit in Burlington and Swanton, VT as well as various schools in CT and one in San Francisco, CA. In 1994 she took over as Transportation Director at Holy Spirit Provincial House where she coordinated medical trips to doctors and to the hospital for sisters in residence there. She retired to Notre Dame Convent in Putnam in 2001 and moved to the Provincial House in 2007. She was admitted to Holy Spirit Health Care Center in 2011.
She is survived by three brothers, Robert of Watervliet, NY, Norman of Bedford, NH and Laurent of Colchester, VT; and three sisters, Mrs. Gilberte Longchamp of Palmyra, PA, Mrs. Gabrielle Seaborn of Los Alamitos, CA, and Mrs. Susan Gero of Oroville, WA.
Calling hours at the Provincial House Chapel, 72 Church St., Putnam will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, from 6-8 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:15 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the chapel on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 11A.M. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Putnam. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DHS Retirement Fund, Holy Spirit Provincial House, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT is in charge of arrangements. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.