Sr. Judith Kenhart, DHS, 77, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Thursday, November 20 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House, Putnam, CT, where she had been in residence since 2005.
Born on August 21, 1937, the daughter of the late Stephen and Joan (Leslie) Kenhart, Sr. Judith entered religious life in 1955 and made her religious profession on April 24, 1957 at the Provincial House in Putnam, CT. She was then known as Sr. Stephen of the Passion.
A graduate of the Diocesan Sisters’ College, South Woodstock, CT, with a B.A., she later earned an M.A. from Boston College, Boston, MA and a second M.A. from Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, MA.
Sr. Judith taught at Putnam Catholic Academy, Putnam, CT, her Alma Mater and Cathedral High School, Bridgeport, CT. After a year as CCD Co-ordinator at St. Cecilia’s parish in Leominster, MA she was appointed special assistant to President Buchanan at Annhurst College. In 1980, she served as director of Family Refuge Center Shelter in Sweet Springs, WV. In 1985 she became program developer at Catholic Charities in Cambridge, MA. In 1993 she served as volunteer Coordinator at Women’s Educational & Industrial Union in Boston, MA and in 1995 until 2005 she served as volunteer chaplain at Mass General Hospital in Boston. She retired to the Provincial House in Putnam in 2005.
Survivors include an uncle, John Kenhart of Santa Rosa, CA, an aunt, Catherine Schumann of FL, several cousins and a friend, Linda Lamoureux of Killingly, CT. Calling hours at the Provincial House chapel will be on Friday, November 21 from 6-8 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:15. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, November 22 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 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.