1932 – 2018
Sr. Marie Rose Courtemanche, 86, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Friday, December 7,2018 at St. Joseph Living Center, Windham, CT. Born in Southbridge, MA on March 7, 1932, she was the daughter of Flavien and Amelia (Duclos) Courtemanche. She entered religious life in 1954 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam and made her religious profession there on September 6, 1955. She was then known as Sr. Amelia
Following her profession, she was assigned as a dietitian in several of our communities from 1955-1970 as follows: Fitchburg, Waterbury, the Provincial House in Putnam, Hartford and St. Elizabeth Guest House also in Hartford. In 1975 she began serving as a nurse’s aide at the Villa St. Joseph in Putnam.
In 1982 she went to our mission in Kaele, Cameroon until 1992. Upon her return to the United States she served again at the Provincial House as a nurse’s aide and at Patient Care of Connecticut until her retirement in 2002. In 2014 she entered the Holy Spirit Health Care Center and in 2016 she moved to St. Joseph Living Center in Windham, CT.
She is survived by her Daughters of the Holy Spirit spiritual family; her sisters in community; the Consecrated Seculars and the Associates; as well as three sisters, Mrs. Juliette Bertrand of Southbridge, MA, Ms. Pauline Courtemanche of Southbridge, MA, and Mrs. Jeanne Adamuzka of, Wilsonville, CT. She is predeceased by two brothers, Robert Courtemanche and Leo Courtemanche; and three sisters, Emma Rousseau, Rita Vincent and Helen Nascin.
Calling hours at the Provincial House Chapel, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT will be on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:15 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Provincial House Chapel, on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Putnam, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the D.H.S. Retirement Fund, Holy Spirit Provincial House, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.