1936 – 2017
Windham, CT – Sr. Suzanne Roy, D.H.S., 81, of Club St., died Monday, July 10, 2017 at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham, CT. Born Suzanne Roy in Springfield, MA on March 27, 1936, she was the daughter of Leo Nelson Roy and Rita Bertha Poiré Roy. She entered religious life on September 12, 1954 in Putnam and made her religious profession there on August 23, 1957. She was then known as Sr. Rita Claire.
Following her religious profession, she studied at Diocesan Teachers’ College and was assigned to teach at St. Brendan School in New Haven, CT in 1961, Holy Family School in Fairfield, CT in 1963, Nazareth School in Burlington, VT in 1967 and in 1969 she was assigned to St. Bernard High School in New London. In 1972 she went to Miami, FL for studies and earned a BA and an MFA there. In 1974, she was a professor of Fine Arts at Annhurst College and in 1980 she taught Art at Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, MA. From 1984 to 1997 she worked in retail at Balakier’s in Chicopee, Crockett Limited in Longmeadow, Cohoes of East Windsor, Appleseeds, Inc. and Cock O’ the Walk in Longmeadow. In some of these stores she served as a buyer of clothing. In 1997, she became Director of Development for the Daughters of the Holy Spirit and worked out of the Provincial House in Putnam, CT until 2008. At that time, she moved to Webster, MA and worked in Youth Ministry in conjunction with St. Louis Parish there and in 2009 she moved to Notre Dame Convent in Putnam while still working in youth ministry in Webster. In 2012, she retired to the Provincial House in Putnam.
She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Jacqueline Tansey of Longmeadow, MA; two nieces, Susanne and David young of Dunstable, MA, and Patrice and Greg Hoeft of Weymouth, MA.
Calling hours at the Provincial House, 72 Church St, Putnam, CT will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2017 with a prayer service at 7:15 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DHS Retirement Fund, Holy Spirit Provincial House, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman and Valade Funeral Homes & Crematory. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.