1930 – 2012
Sr. Rita Veilleux, DHS, 82, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on December 25
at Holy Spirit Health Care Center, where she has been in residence since June, 2000.
Born Pearl Rita Veilleux on August 15, 1930, the daughter of the late Simeon and Henedine (Gagné) Veilleux, she entered religious life in 1947 and made her religious profession on August 23, 1950 at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. She was then known as Sr. Simone de la Croix.
Sr. Rita received her B.A. degree from Diocesan Sisters’ College, South Woodstock, CT in 1969. She taught most of her religious life in parish schools in CT and MA and from 1974 to 1995 she was involved in Pastoral Ministry at St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, CT and later at St. Mary’s Home in Hartford. Due to failing health she retired to the Provincial House in Putnam in 2000.
Survivors include one brother, Hervey Veilleux of Vernon, CT and several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Calling hours at the Provincial House chapel will be on Thursday, December 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:15. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 28 at 11:00 AM in the Provincial House chapel followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 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 has been entrusted with her arrangements. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.