Sr. Carmen Carbonneau (Anna Maria), DHS, Enters Life Eternal

Sister CarmenOn the late afternoon of September 1st Carmen Carbonneau, DHS, whispered her final fiat to her Lord and followed his invitation into eternal life.

A native of Maine, Marie Carmen Gilberte was born in Lewiston on November 4, 1928. At 32 years of age she entered the Novitiate of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit and professed her first vows on June 1, 1962.

Holding degrees from Annhurst College in Woodstock, CT and Assumption College in Worcester, MA, Carmen dedicated herself to teaching at both the elementary and high school levels in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York State.  Sister left the classroom to come to Putnam to serve as Provincial Secretary in 1978, a position she held until 1985 when she traveled to the west coast to study Spanish and to assist in Hispanic Ministry in Patterson, CA. Once in command of the Spanish language, Carmen was missioned to Perú in 1987 where she was involved in parish ministry for a period of two years with other DHS who were present in that beautiful Andean country. Upon returning to the USA in 1989, Sister once again put her secretarial skills to good use and served as parish secretary at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford, CT until her retirement to the Provincial House in February of 2010.

Sister’s declining health had brought her to our health care community in Putnam from which she transferred on July 1 of this year to our newly established DHS community at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham, CT.

Carmen was gifted with a beautiful singing voice and a natural appreciation of opera, classical music and movies. Always the lady, she seized every opportunity possible to discuss recently viewed films and/or books that met her strict literary and dramatic requirements. 

Besides her Sisters of the Province and Community, Carmen leaves her sister Lucille Ficaro and her brother Paul along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be a gathering at the chapel at the Holy Spirit Provincial House on Tuesday, September 6th from 5 to 8 pm with the celebration of a memorial prayer service at 7:15 that same evening. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at  11:00 a.m..  Sister will be enterred in the DHS section of St. Mary of the Visitation Cemetery on Providence Street in Putnam.

Anyone wishing to do so may send memorial donations to the Retirement Fund of the DHS directly to the the Office of Development 72 Church Street  Putnam, CT 06260. More information about Sr. Carmen is available through the Provincial Secretary’s Office at secdhs1@gmail.com or by calling 860 928-0891 ext. 118.

 

 
 

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