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Sr. Marian St. Marie

Posted By Wendy On October 21, 2020 @ 1:31 pm In Obituaries | 9 Comments

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October 11, 1939 – October 19, 2020

Putnam – Sr. Marian St. Marie, DHS, 81, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, unexpectedly died on Monday, October 19, 2020, in Putnam, CT.

Born Marian Therese St.Marie on October 11, 1939 in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of Leonide and Gertrude Marion St.Marie. She entered religious life in 1957 and made her religious profession on July 2, 1959 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam, CT. She was then known as Sr. Therese Marian. She earned her BA in education and theology from Diocesan Sisters College and her MA in History and Political Science from St. Joseph University in West Hartford, CT.

A lifelong educator, she began her teaching career in elementary schools in CT, VT, and MA. then taught social studies and history at Putnam Catholic Academy in Putnam, CT, South Catholic High School in Hartford, CT until it closed and then at Mercy High School in Middletown, CT for 22 years. In her work, she aimed to make her students aware of the positive aspects of cultures other than their own and of the injustices that have been perpetuated throughout history into the present day.

She left teaching after 52 years when called to be a Provincial Councilor for the US Province of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit in 2014. In addition, she was the Advisor for the East Coast Associates. Her mandate as Councilor ended June 30, 2020 and she was looking forward to where the Spirit would lead her at this time.

Sr. Marian is survived by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit spiritual family – her Sisters in community, the Consecrated Seculars and the Associates. She is also survived by her brother Gerald and his wife Elaine St.Marie, a nephew Geoffrey St.Marie and a niece Aimee Viniconis, a grand-niece and grand-nephew.

Calling hours will be on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 99 Jackson Street, Willimantic, CT with a prayer service at 10:15 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. followed by burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Putnam at 1:00 p.m. Social distancing guidelines will be followed including the requirement of a mask.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to DHS Retirement Fund, P. O. Box 497, Putnam, CT 06260. The Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT is in charge of arrangements. For memorial guestbook, please visit www.GilmanandValade.com.

Condolences for the family of “Sr. Marian St. Marie”

Condolence from Marian Smat on October 21st, 2020 3:55 pm

Sister Marian was a sweet lady made us very welcome at the masses at Provincial house we became friends. May she Rest In Peace

Condolence from Diane Moylan-Cooke on October 21st, 2020 8:21 pm

Steve and I were blessed to meet and get to know Sister Marian. We are very saddened to hear of her passing and offer her relatives and the Provincial House family our condolences. My heart is heavy, yet I know eternal peace will be granted to such a beautiful soul. Thank you Sister Marian for always engaging in conversation with me. You were a special friend. God speed ️

Condolence from Nancy Clayton on October 23rd, 2020 6:00 am

I was a fellow faculty member at Mercy High Scholl and a neighbor when she lived in Middletown. We enjoyed many conversations about our families. She was so very proud of both Jeff and Aimee. When stories of grandchildren came up she happily shared her grandniece and grandnephew adventures. My husband, Tom and I send our deepest sympathy and prayers to her family and her DHS community.

Condolence from chris jankot on October 23rd, 2020 7:36 am

dear cousin wish we had more time.
best from chris and annie

Condolence from Mary Daly RSM on October 25th, 2020 11:35 am

Marian was such a friendly presence. Our paths crossed many times over the years. Her quiet presence was always a blessing.

Condolence from Alyssa Elmy on October 26th, 2020 1:37 pm

Sr. Marian was one of my favorite teachers at Mercy. I loved her. She was tough but so kind. I never enjoyed history but she made the whole class interested. I remember learning about Mark Anthony and Cleopatra and the way she taught it made the class feel like we were watching a soap opera. She challenged us because she believed in our potential. I was sad to see her leave mercy. She will always be in my heart and I am keeping her friends and family in my prayers.

Condolence from Erica Stachura Zapatka ’95 on October 26th, 2020 5:17 pm

I never had Sr. Marian as a teacher but got to know her a bit as a student and then a bit more when I was teaching at Mercy. I loved her matter of fact attitude and her super sense of humor. Her smile could always touch my heart. Rest in peace Sister.

Condolence from Kim Libera on October 26th, 2020 9:03 pm

I taught with Sr. Marian at South Catholic & one of our former alums alerted me tonight. It’s been a tough year & I’m sorry to hear this news. I’d like to wish the family, her sisters, & her Godspeed. For they that wait for the Lord shall renew their strength & lift up like wings as eagles.

Condolence from Mary Wallace on October 27th, 2020 10:24 pm

So sorry to hear this, condolences to her family. My daughter had two History classes with her at Mercy and, among many other things, she learned about An Gorta Mor – Ireland’s Great Hunger, in Sr. Marian’s class. It inspired her to visit the Irish Famine Museum at Quinnipiac University and later, the famine museum at Strokestown Park in Ireland as a college student. She remembered the lessons, and thought of Sr. Marian. We are both grateful she had such a dedicated teacher. She will be remembered.

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