Sr. Irene Bisaillon, DHS
Sr. Irene Bisaillon, DHS, 94, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Saturday,
April 28, 2012 at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center where she has been in residence since 2008.
Born on November 6, 1917, in Ste. Christine, P.Q. Canada, the daughter of the late Henri and Laura (Duchesneau) Bisaillon, she entered religious life in 1934 and made her religious profession at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France on August 23, 1938. She was then known as Sr. Henri de Jésus. After her profession, Sr. Irene served as sacristan in Rostrenen, France for one year.
Upon her return to the United States in 1939, she was assigned to Fall River, MA at St. John’s Nursery as well as Pawtucket, RI where she served as Dietician. From 1954-1970 she taught in the following schools operated by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit: St. Mary’s, Jewett City, CT, St. Cecilia’s, Leominster, MA, Immaculate Conception, Fitchburg, MA and St. Anne, Swanton, VT. In 1972 she was appointed administrator of St. Joseph Guest House, New Haven, CT until 1983. She served in the same capacity at Holy Spirit Provincial House, Putnam, CT. from 1983 until 1998. She later retired at the Provincial House in 2000 and was admitted to Holy Spirit Health Care Center in 2008.
Survivors include one sister—Mrs. Julienne Ranger of Repentigny, P.Q. Canada; two brothers, Isidore Bisaillon of Wolcott, CT and Adrien Bisaillon of Barton, VT and several nieces and nephews among whom Sr. Michèle Bisaillon, DHS as well as grandnieces and grandnephews.
Calling hours at the Provincial House chapel will be on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 from 6-8 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:15. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Provincial House chapel followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in 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.