October 31, 1934 – February 20, 2016
Sr. Priscilla Paradis, 81, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit died on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at The Holy Spirit Provincial House where she had been in residence since 2010.
Born Priscilla Vivienne Paradis in Norwich, CT on October 31, 1934, she was the daughter of Lionel Joseph Paradis and Emmanuella (Varieur) Paradis. She entered religious life in Putnam at the Holy Spirit Provincial House in September 1954 and made her religious profession in April of 1955. She was then known as Sr. Priscilla Joseph.
She held a B.A. in Education from the Diocesan Sisters’ College, Putnam branch and an M.A. in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She began her teaching career in elementary schools operated by the Daughters of the Holy Spirit at St. Anne’s in Hartford in 1958, at St. Rita’s in Fairfax, CA in 1959, at Holy Family in Fairfield, CT in 1963, at St. Mary’s in Putnam in 1969, and in Waterbury at St. Anne’s in 1972. In 1976 she was assigned to Rice Memorial High School in Burlington, VT and she was CCD Coordinator in Pittsfield, MA in 1980. In 1981 she taught religion at St. Bernard High School in Uncasville until 1986. In 1987 she took a job with Day Kimball Hospital providing Home Health Care to the sick and elderly in the area until 1994. She was very much appreciated by Day Kimball for her contribution and services . Most of all she provided professional and compassionate care to all of her clients. She was well liked and often requested. She retired from this work in 2009 and moved to the Provincial House in 2010.
She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Jeanne Lucier and her husband Joseph G.D. of Danielson;a niece Donna Grauer and her husband Gregory of Royal Palm Beach, FL; and a nephew, Marc A Lucier of Dade City, FL. All of her sister Daughters of the Holy Spirit, the DHS Associates and Secular Branch members as well as many friends also mourn her passing. Calling hours at the Provincial House will be on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm PM with a Prayer Service at 7:15 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Provincial House in Putnam. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DHS Retirement Fund, Holy Spirit Provincial House, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St.,Putnam, CT 06260 has been entrusted with the arrangements. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com