August 16, 1930 – April 25, 2018
Putnam – Sr. Maria Archambault, 87, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham, CT, where she had been in residence since July 8, 2016.
Born Pauline Leona Archambault on August 16, 1930, in Pittsfield, MA, she was the daughter of the late Wilfrid and Leona (Patenaude) Archambault. She entered religious life in Putnam in 1948, and made her religious profession on August 23, 1951, at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. She was then known as Sr. Marie Wilfrid.
Following her return to the United States she taught in schools staffed by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit in Fitchburg, MA and in Burlington, VT and she obtained a BS degree from Annhurst College in 1961. That year the American Province of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit sent its first missionaries to Chile and Sr. Maria was part the first group of 13 sisters missioned to that country. From 1963-65 she worked in Antofagasta where she served as Principal and teacher at Colegio San Luis, a Jesuit elementary school. From 1966-69 she served as Mistress of Novices in Antofagasta and from 1970-71 she did Pastoral work in Tocopilla. She became Vice Provincial of our communities in Chile in 1972 serving in that capacity until 1975. From 1976-79 she did Pastoral work among the poor of Antofagasta and from 1981-87 she served a second term as Vice Provincial of Latin America, which then included Peru. From 1987-93 she resumed her Pastoral work in Antofagasta and in 1993 until 1996 she was named to the General Council of the Congregation with residence at the Generalate in Rennes, France. She returned to Latin America in 1996 and was missioned to Lima, Peru and to Pastoral work in Callao, Peru, until 2001 at which time she returned to Chile. In addition to Pastoral work at this time she also accompanied temporary professed Sisters as part of their formation as well as a woman preparing to take vows as a member of our Secular Branch. Following health issues she returned to the American Province and retired to the Provincial House in August of 2008. She was admitted to Holy Spirit Health Care Center in Putnam in February of 2010 and to St. Joseph Living Center in Windham, CT on July 8, 2016.
She is survived by her sisters in community, the Consecrated Seculars and the DHS
Associates as well as a brother, Marcel Archambault; and several nieces and nephews of Pittsfield, MA.
Calling hours at the Provincial House, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT, will be on Friday, April 27, 2018, from 6-8 P.M. with a Prayer Service at 7:15 P.M.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 28, 2018, in the chapel of Holy Spirit Provincial House, at 11:30 A.M. followed by burial at St. Mary Cemetery in Putnam.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to DHS Retirement Fund, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.