Sr. Imelda Enters Life Everlasting

Sister Imelda LagaceSister, Imelda Lagacé, DHS, 101, peacefully entered eternal life on the morning of June 5th at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham where she had resided since 2016.

Born in Danielson, one of eleven children, Marie Roseanna attended local public schools. Upon graduating from high school she spent several years working as administrative assistant for some well-known corporations in the area. Her own sister introduced her to the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, and from that moment on she started to feel the Spirit “tugging at her heart”. At age 30 she entered the Novitiate and professed her first vows in 1947.

Through the years Sister Imelda dedicated her time and energy to the classroom working with students of all ages at multiple levels. For a change of pace Sister answered a call in the mid fifties to travel to Alabama and minister as a ‘home missionary’ at St. Martin Parish. She soon fell in love with the people and her new surroundings and was greatly appreciated by one and all. As a matter of fact, Sister returned to Alabama in the mid seventies to serve as pastoral assistant. She often recalled how impressed she was to be remembered by her former students and to note how much they had grown, made a good life for themselves and for their own children who now attended St. Martin School.

Upon her return from her second stint in Alabama, Sr. Lagacé moved to the Hartford and then Waterbury areas ministering at Holy Family Retreat House and doing pastoral ministry respectively. In 2003 Sister came to reside at the Provincial House and began her official retirement from active ministry. In July of 2016 Imelda, along with 21 of her companions, transferred to the newly established St. Joseph Community in Windham.

When asked to what she attributed her longevity, Sister always spontaneously replied: “to the grace of God.and..also  to the Spirit and Mary who has been so good to me...she answers all my prayers".

Family and friends will gather in Sister's honor at the Provincial House Chapel on Monday, June 11th from 6-8 pm. There will be a personalized prayer service at 7:15 pm. The funeral Mass will be held the following day at 11:00 am in the same location. Interment will be in the DHS section of St. Mary of the Visitation Cemetery on Providence Street in Putnam.

Donations to the DHS Retirement Fund may be offered in lieu of flowers. Mailing address: Office of Development 72 Church Street Putnam, CT 06260



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