Called Home at 102

After a very brief illness, Sister Gilberte Désilets, known for many years in religious life as Sister Cecilia, responded to the Lord's call to enter life eternal.

The daughter of Eric and Blanche (Hébert) Désilets, Gilberte was born in St. Grégoire, Canada on February 22, 1912. Her family moved to the States and settled in Fitchburg, MA when she was a child. She met the Daughters of the Holy Spirit and her interest in religious life grew by leaps and bounds. She entered the Congregation in 1928 and professed her first vows on August 25, 1931 at the MotherHouse of the DHS in St. Brieuc, France.

Returning to the USA as a young religious, Sister was missioned to work with the 'little children' and to put her natural teaching skills to good use. She taught in the elementary grades in schools administered by the Daughters in Jewett City (which became her home away from home throughout her life) and Fairfield, CT. She also spent time in the classroom in Chicopee and Fitchburg, MA.

After 50 years in the classroom Sr. Gilberte temporarily stepped away from teaching in 1980 and lent a helping hand as Dietician and Domestic Servant in St. Joseph Guest House operated by the Order. However, once a teacher always a teacher, Gilberte returned to the profession as a tutor at the Catholic Schools in Plainfield and Jewett City, CT.

Sister retired to the Provincial House in 2001 where she kept busy with a variety of chores and services among which she always said her favorite was polishing the Holy Spirit emblem of the Provincial Team members.

Family and friends said their final farewells to Sister Gilberte at the Provincial House on Monday, September 29 at a commemorative gathering and prayer service. Sister's funeral mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, September 30th at 11:00 a.m. also in the Provincial House Chapel. Sister is enterred in St. Mary of the Visitation Cemetery in Putnam  with the Daughters who have preceded her to the Lord's Kingdom.

Praise God.

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