Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, April 21, 2018

WEST HARTFORD – Sister Bernard Joseph (Dorothy Gertrude) Fitch, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, for 75 years, died on Nov. 12 at the order’s provincial house in West Hartford. She was 99.

Born on Feb. 4, 1910, in Hamden, she was a daughter of the late Bernard Joseph Fitch and Mabel Frances (Roberts) Fitch. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on July 22, 1934, and professed her perpetual vows on Aug. 24, 1940.

Sister Bernard Joseph received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from St. Joseph College in West Hartford and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., respectively. She taught in schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford and also in the dioceses of Norwich, Bridgeport and Springfield, Mass. She was the director of St. John’s School in Deep River from 1951-58.

Sister Bernard Joseph also worked in various areas during her years at the provincial house and moved into St. Joseph Infirmary there in March 2008.

In addition to the sisters in her community, she is survived by her sisters, Barbara Prokop, Annette Donovan and Rosemary Horrigan; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. She was predeceased by four sisters, Margaret Fitch, Adeline Fitch, Frances Fitch Richardson and Marion Fitch Botarelli; and one brother, Robert Fitch.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 17 in St. Joseph Chapel in West Hartford. Interment was in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford.