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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 15, 1872 when the first baptism was recorded at St. Peter's Church, New Britain. The child's name was, Joseph Graff.
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PUTNAM – Sister Marjorie Furze, 85, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on March 10, 2010, at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center, where she had resided since 2004.

She was born on July 10, 1924, in Fall River, Mass., the daughter of the late Charles and Kathryn (Kennedy) Furze. She entered religious life in 1949 after becoming a registered nurse at St. Anne Hospital in Fall River. She made her religious profession on Aug. 23, 1951, at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. She was then known as Sister Catherine de Notre Dame.

Sister Marjorie’s first assignment was in 1951 in Hartford, where she was a visiting nurse. In 1953, she became head nurse at the Villa St. Joseph in Putnam. She was on the provincial council from 1968-71 while continuing her work at the Villa St. Joseph. After serving as head nurse at St. Clare Home in Newport, R.I., she retired to Manchester in 1998 and lived in a convent in Putnam until her health declined.

Survivors include nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated March 13 in the provincial house chapel. Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Putnam.

Donations may be made to the Daughters of the Holy Spirit Retirement Fund, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260.