September 20, 1937 – April 29, 2011
Putnam – Sr. Fredericia Griffin, 73, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Friday, April 29, 2011 in Day Kimball Hospital. She had been a resident at the Holy Spirit Provincial House since July of 2010.
Born on September 20, 1937 in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Mildred (Lee) Griffin. In 1961, Sr. Fredericia entered religious life at Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam, CT and made her religious profession there on May 31, 1965. She was then known as Sr. Frederica. After obtaining a B.A in 1968 from Diocesan Sisters’ College, she taught at St. Francis School in South Fitchburg, MA and St. Anne School, Swanton, VT. In 1978, she received an M.S. in Library Science from Villanova University and her assignments from then on as librarian were as follows: Annhurst College, South Woodstock, CT; Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA; Bishop Keogh High School, Providence, RI; Marianhill Jr/Sr. High School, Southbridge, MA; Boston Public Library, Boston, MA. Later, in semi retirement, she served as part-time librarian at St. Gertrude School, Stockton, CA; St. Mary School, Putnam, CT; St. Joseph School, No. Grosvenordale, CT; St. Rocco School, Johnson, RI and St. James School, Danielson, CT.
Survivors include four sisters—Imelda Nippins of Philadelphia, PA, Immaculata Griffin of Upper Darby, PA, Dionisia Solomon of Philadelphia, PA and Maleeah Franchaka of Philadelphia, PA; three brothers—Fernando Lee of Palm Bay, FL, Emmanuel Michael of Philadelphia, PA and Mario Jose of Port Richmond, MD as well as several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours at the Provincial House chapel will be on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Prayer Service at 7:15 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2011 in Holy Spirit Provincial House, Putnam, CT at 11 AM followed by burial at St. Mary 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. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com