June 6, 1925 — October 18, 2013
Sr. Thérèse LaPlante, 88, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit died on October 18, 2013 at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center in Putnam, CT.
Born Marie Thérèse Rita LaPlante in Manchester, NH on June 6, 1925, she was the daughter of Frédérick and Florida (Turgeon) LaPlante. She entered religious life in Putnam and made her novitiate at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France in 1949 and her religious profession there in 1950. She was then known as Sr. Marguerite de l’Eucharistie.
Early in her career, Sr. Thérèse was a teacher at St. Anne School in Waterbury, CT In September 1953 she began studies at Holy Ghost Hospital in Cambridge, MA and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. From 1955-2005, Sr. Thérèse ministered in Home Nursing in Fall River, MA, in Newport, and Providence, RI and in Bridgeport, CT. During most of her 50Years of Home Nursing – from 1967-71 and again from 1978-2005, she served and ministered to ill and fragile people in their homes throughout the greater Bridgeport area. She did so under the auspices of The Queen’s Daughters in Bridgeport and the United Way of Southwestern CT. In 2005, Sr. Thérèse began her retirement at the Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam. Following some health issues, she was admitted to Holy Spirit Health Care Center in early October, 2013.
In addition to her religious family of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, Sr. Thérèse is survived by one brother, John P. LaPlante of Canterbury, NH and 3 sisters—Mrs. Pauline D’Orazio of Manchester, NH, Mrs. Irene Yurksaitis of Goffstown, NH and Mrs. Marcelle Beneat of Naples, FL.
Calling hours at the Provincial House, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT, will be on Monday, October 21,2013 From 6-8 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:15 . A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 22 at Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam at 11 AM. Burial to follow in St. Mary Cemetery, 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 is in charge of arrangements. For memorial guestbook visit www. GilmanAndValade.com.