Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WEST HARTFORD – Sister Francis Bean, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on July 15, 2010, at the order’s provincial house in West Hartford. She was 85 and had been in religious life for 67 years.

Born Mary Rosalie Bean on April 18, 1925, in Callaway, Md., she was a daughter of the late John F. Bean and Ellen Dora (Redman) Bean. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 17, 1943, and professed her perpetual vows on Aug. 24, 1949.

She graduated from the Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford with a Bachelor of Science degree and continued her studies at St. Mary’s School in Lee, Mass.

She taught one year at Our Lady of Sorrows in Hartford and returned to St. Mary’s School in Lee for six more years. Sister Francis spent several years directing formation for young religious in Crickhowell, Wales, and then directing the finance office at St. Joseph Hospital in Raheny, Ireland. She worked at a mission in Sinoe, Liberia, for four years. Starting in 2009, she worked in the provincial business office in West Hartford.

Sister Francis was predeceased by her three sisters, Ellen Dora Williams, Anne Elizabeth Stone and Margaret Lucille Johnston; and by her six brothers, Joseph Leo, John Stephen, Thomas Franklin, William Benjamin, Michael and Lester Aloysius. She is survived by her religious community and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 19 in St. Joseph Chapel in West Hartford. Burial followed in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.