Remembering Sr. Annette Farley, DHS

Sister Annette Farley, DHSAnnette Rita Farley, Daughter of the Holy Spirit since 1943, transitioned into her new life on Friday September 23, 2016 at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham, CT at the age of 97.

Sr. Annette was born in Putnam on December 10, 1919 to Anna (Robillard) and Armand Farley. Sister grew up in close contact with the Daughters who taught her throughout her elementary school years at St. Mary School in Putnam. She went on to attend Putnam Catholic Academy and in 1938 entered the Novitiate then located at the Provincial House in Putnam. Her adopted religious name was Sr. Anna de St. George.

Annette was a gifted musician with earned degrees from Annhurst College and Duquesne University (MA) that she put to excellent use in the classroom, as parish organist and private tutor in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. Sister also had many other skills, including a keen sense of humor and dry wit, that she willingly shared with others: she was an accomplished seamstress and her clerical and PR capabilities made her a super administrative assistant for the Congregation and in the position of school clerk and secretary. Her ministry as Secretary at St. Mary School in Putnam from 1983-1995 were particularly impressive and contributed to the huge success and growth of the students, parents and staff members of the school community. Her efforts on their behalf are fondly and respectfully remembered by all whose lives she touched for those 12 years.

After serving at SMS Sr. Annette returned to assist in the Treasurer’s Office at the Provincial House, and it is from this position that she retired in 2011.

Declining health, limited mobility and her decreasing eyesight brought Sister to join the Health Care Center Community at the PH in 2012. On June 28th this year, Annette moved to St. Joseph Living Center in Windham as a member of the newly formed St. Joseph Community for the former residents of the Provincial House’s Health Care Center. It is from here that her Lord and God called her to her eternal home and reward on the evening of September 23rd, 2016.

Sister Annette was a gentle and devoted woman who loved and appreciated being loved in a quiet manner. She preferred to remain in the background and to watch from the periphery to know when the time was right to offer her assistance or her straighter than an arrow comments on situations. She always had a song or a short poem on hand, especially French-Canadian diddies, and knew just how to weave them into an ongoing conversation in such a way that would leave bystanders in proverbial stitches.

May Annette rest in peace as she sings to her heart’s content the praises of her God and gives thanks for a life well-lived. 

Family and friends will gather at the Provincial House Chapel from 6-8 on Monday evening, September 26th and a memorial prayer service will be celebrated to honor Annette’s life at 7:15 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Tuesday, the 27th, also at the PH Chapel 72 Church Street in Putnam at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at St. Mary of the Visitation Cemetery on Providence Street in Putnam following the liturgy. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Retirement Fund of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit and sent to the attention of the Development Office at 72 Church Street in Putnam 06260.

 
 

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