January 3, 1923 – April 5, 2018
Sr. Yvonne Martell, 95, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham, CT, a Diocesan facility, where she had been in residence since June of 2016.
She was born Yvonne Martell on January 3, 1923, in Swanton, VT, the daughter of Adelard and Yvonne (l’Espérance) Martell. Sr. Yvonne entered religious life at Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam in 1943 and made her religious profession there in 1947. She was then known as Sr. Jean Marie.
She taught on the elementary level in various schools staffed by Daughters of the Holy Spirit in Waterbury, Jewett City and Putnam; all in Connecticut as well as in Pittsfield, MA and Tupper Lake, NY from 1947-1961. In 1962 she served as a Nurse’s Aide at St. Joseph Villa in Putnam and took an LPN course at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford in 1963. Following this she served as a nurse in Putnam, Bridgeport and Providence, RI as well as Swanton, Burlington and St. Albans, VT. In 1992 she was assigned to her hometown of Swanton, VT where she did domestic services and part-time nursing. In 2001 she served in Essex Junction, VT where she did Pastoral Ministry out of Holy Family Parish there. She retired to the Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam in 2010 and was admitted to Holy Spirit Health Care Center in 2011. Following the close of the Health Care Center in October of 2016 twenty two of our sisters who needed care were transferred together to St. Joseph Living Center in Windham. Sr. Yvonne was among them.
She is survived by her sisters in community, the consecrated Seculars and the DHS Associates as well as several nieces.
Calling hours at the Provincial House in Putnam will be on Monday, April 9, 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 on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery 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 and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT have been entrusted with arrangements.