Putnam – Sr. Gilberte Désilets, DHS, (102), a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit died on Sunday
September 28 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House where she had been in retirement since 2001.
Sr. Gilberte was born on February 22, 1912 at St. Grégoire, P.Q. Canada, the daughter of the late Eric and Blanche (Hébert) Désilets. She entered religious life in 1928 and made her religious profession on August 25, 1931 at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. She was then known as Sr. Cecilia.
She began her teaching career at St. Mary School, Jewett City and then at Immaculate Conception School, Fitchburg, MA; Holy Family School, Fairfield, CT; and Assumption School, Chicopee, MA. In 1980 she retired from teaching and served in various capacities as Dietician, Domestic Services at St. Joseph Guest House in New Haven and she did private tutoring at St. John School, Plainfield, CT, and St. Mary School, Jewett City, CT.
Sr. Gilberte is survived by 2 sisters, Fernande Desilets of Leominster, MA and Jacqueline Mills of Brockton, MA and several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Calling hours at the Holy Spirit Provincial chapel will be on Monday, September 29, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:15. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Provincial House chapel 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. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com