2015 In Memoriam

We remember our sisters who entered into eternal life in 2015:


 

Sister Nesta Beaudoin, OSU
Sister Mary Anthony Breuhan, OSU
Sister Mary Clement Cantin, OSU
Sister Dorothy Doyle, OSU
Sister Mary Teresita Rivet, OSU
Sister Charlotte Sohovich, OSU

 

 
Sister Nesta Beaudoin, OSU
Sister Nesta Beaudoin, OSU
June 30, 1927 – Dec. 26, 2015
 
Sister Nesta Beaudoin, also known as Sister Marie Immaculata Beaudoin, died peacefully at the Ursuline Convent in Waterville, Maine, on December 26, 2015. Born on June 30, 1927, in Sanford, Maine, she was the daughter of Emile A. Beaudoin and Bertha A. Carpentier.
 
Sister Nesta received her elementary school education at St. Ignatius School in Sanford, Maine, where she also attended St. Ignatius High School. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1945 and made her novitiate at the International Novitiate in Beaugency, France.  Making her first vows in March 1948, she then earned a bachelor of arts at The College of New Rochelle, in New Rochelle, N.Y. She also received a master’s degree in business from the Auburn, Maine, School of Commerce and a second master’s degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
 
Sister Nesta used her education well, serving as an elementary and secondary teacher, treasurer and business manager. Her ministries led her to serve in four locations: Brunswick and Waterville, Maine, and Springfield and Dedham, Mass. Her last ministry was in Waterville, where at the age of 88 she served the Ursuline community as treasurer.
 
She died at home with her sisters in Waterville just as they were ready to begin Mass for which the responsorial psalm was, “Into your hands, I commend my spirit.”    
 
 
 
 
 Sister Mary Anthony Breuhan, OSU

Sister Mary Anthony Breuhan, OSU
Nov. 8, 1920 - Sept. 13, 2015

Sister Mary Anthony Breuhan died peacefully Sept. 13, 2015, at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo. She was 94.

The daughter of Anton Henry and Katherine Wente Breuhan, she was born Marie Bernadette Breuhan on Nov. 8, 1920, in St. Louis. Sister Mary Anthony entered the Ursuline Sisters in July 1940 and professed her vows in January 1943. Her ministry was devoted to her beautiful service of cooking, sewing, laundry work and cleaning in Springfield, Decatur and Alton, Ill.; Frontenac, Minn.; New Orleans, La.; and Crystal City, Arcadia and Kirkwood, Mo. She will always be remembered as an avid Cardinal baseball fan.


 Sister Mary Clement Cantin, OSU

Sister Mary Clement Cantin, OSU
Aug. 11, 1923 - Sept. 22, 2015

Sister Mary Clement Cantin of our Mère Marie community, died Sept. 22, 2015, at St. Mary's dYouville Pavilion in Lewiston, Maine. She was 92.

Sister Mary Clement was born Marie-Ange Clement Aug. 11, 1923, in Sanford, Maine. She received her elementary education at Holy Family School in Sanford and her secondary education at St. Ignatius High School and at Mount Merici Academy in Waterville, Maine. She received a bachelor of arts degree at St. Joseph's College of Maine.  She entered the Ursuline Novitiate in Waterville in 1940 and professed her vows in 1943.

Throughout her religious life, her ministry was teaching young children, which she did for 54 years.  She was a very dedicated teacher, loved her students, and was in turn dearly loved by them. She taught school in the Sanford, Waterville, Brunswick, Lewiston and Skowhegan areas. In her retirement, Sister served for many years as director of activities at the Merici Care Center in Waterville, Maine. She also served as community councilor.

In her later years she moved to St. Mary's Residences in Lewiston, becoming an active participant in most activities. Due to ill health, she eventually transferred to d'Youville Pavilion.

Sister Mary Clement lived her life with great serenity, faith, peace and complete surrender to God.


   
 Sister Dorothy Doyle, OSU
Sister Dorothy Doyle, OSU
Dec. 2, 1921 – Jan. 27, 2015
 
Sister Dorothy Doyle died peacefully on Jan. 27, 2015, at St. Mary's d'Youville Pavilion in Lewiston, Maine. She was 93.

The daughter of George and Leonie (Belanger) Doyle, she was born on Dec. 2, 1921, in Winslow, Maine. She received her elementary education in the parish schools of Skowhegan and Notre Dame in Waterville, Maine, and her secondary education at Mount Merici Academy in Waterville. Following graduation in 1938, Sister Dorothy entered the Mount Merici Convent and received the name Sister St. James when she became a novice. She pronounced her first religious vows in April 1941 and her final vows in 1944 while a student at The College of New Rochelle. She later earned a master’s degree in English from Boston College and a master’s degree in theology from Providence College.

Sister Dorothy served as a high school teacher in Ursuline Schools in Waterville and Sanford, Maine, and in Boston, Dedham, and Springfield, Mass. She taught religion, English, Latin, algebra, geometry, chemistry, biology and general science.

She also held leadership roles including serving nine years as principal of Ursuline Academy in Dedham, four years as prioress of the Ursuline convent in Dedham, and four years as provincial leader of the Ursuline Province of the Northeast. Following the death of a brother, Sister Dorothy became her parents’ caregiver until their deaths.
 

   
Sister Mary Teresita Rivet, OSU  Sister Mary Teresita Rivet, OSU
June 27, 1920 – March 19, 2015
 
Sister Mary Teresita Rivet died peacefully March 19, 2015, in New Orleans. She was 94.

The daughter of Maurice Joseph Rivet and Inez Jung Rivet, she was born Inez Marie Rivet on June 27, 1920, in New Orleans. She received her elementary and secondary education from Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, entered the Ursuline Sisters in January 1939 and made her vows in July 1941.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Louis University in 1945 and a Master of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America in 1957. In 1973, she completed certification as a reading specialist at Tulane University. Her education and training led her to many ministry assignments as a teacher, principal and leader.

Sister Teresita—or Soeur T as she was lovingly named by her young French students—served as an elementary school teacher and principal at Ursuline Academy in New Orleans; elementary school supervisor for the Ursulines’ Central Province and the Diocese of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; leader of the New Orleans Ursuline community; provincial leader of the Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province; and a missionary in Saint Mary’s, Alaska. She also helped found and was the first director of the Ursuline Learning Center in Crystal City, Mo.

In 1990 she returned to New Orleans and taught French in the early childhood program at Ursuline Academy. She also served as sacristan and coordinator of wedding ministry for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor until 2007, when ill health prompted her to retire to the Ursulines' Queen of Peace health care center in Alton, Ill. In 2010 she visited the New Orleans academy as the honored guest at the dedication of the Soeur Teresita Rivet, OSU Early Childhood Learning Center.

In May 2014 Sister Teresita joyfully moved back to New Orleans to live at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center, where she enjoyed visits from her family and many friends during the last months of her life.
 

 
 Sister Charlotte Sohovich, OSU

Sister Charlotte Sohovich, OSU
Sept. 13, 1912 – Aug. 4, 2015

Sister Charlotte Sohovich died peacefully on Aug. 4, 2015, at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo., She was 102.

Sister Charlotte, also known as Leona Dolores Sohovich, was born Sept. 13, 1912, in Livingston, Ill., where she grew up as one of eight children of Joseph and Anna Varga Sohovich, both natives of Czechoslovakia.

She was baptized in Staunton, Ill., which was where she met the Ursulines in the seventh grade. She wanted to be like the Ursulines she met so she entered in Alton, Ill., at age 16 and finished high school at the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans. She professed her vows in July 1931.

Sister Charlotte earned a bachelor’s degree in education from DePaul University in Chicago and a master’s degree in education from St. Louis University. Her years as a superb elementary teacher took her to New Orleans, La.; Alton, Springfield, Oak Park, Staunton, Wood River and Collinsville, Ill; Kirkwood and Bonne Terre, Mo.; and Toronto, Ohio.

One of her favorite teaching stories happened during her 30 years of teaching in Springfield, Ill. A first-grade boy at Blessed Sacrament told her, “Sister Charlotte, when I get big, I’m going to marry you.” “Sonny,” she said, “I’m sorry but you’re a little too late.”

In 2005 she retired to Queen of Peace in Alton, where she lived until moving to Eureka in 2014. Speaking at Sister Charlotte’s funeral Mass, Sister Susan Kienzler, Alton prioress, said that even during her later years, Sister Charlotte’s inner beauty and prayerful spirit shone through in a lovely way:

“‘Thank you’ was constantly on her lips for the simplest things—moving her wheelchair six inches, giving her a drink of water or helping with a sweater when she was cold. ‘I love you’ was a frequent greeting or departing word. Her faith was evident as she prayed aloud in her room or sat quietly with a look of contentment and peace on her face. Her good humor was with her to the end, whether by the things she said or quietly chuckling to herself.

“Well done, Charlotte, you are indeed a good and faithful daughter of St. Angela. We love you and we will miss you.”