WEST HARTFORD – Sister Mary Robert (Ann Lillian) Eshoo, 93, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, for 72 years, died on March 9, 2011, at the order’s provincial house.
She was born on Feb. 19, 1918, in New Britain, a daughter of the late Pius Eshoo and Alice (Lazar) Eshoo. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 9, 1939, and celebrated her profession of perpetual vows on Dec. 29, 1944.
Sister Mary Robert received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and art from the Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington. She extended her art knowledge by touring art centers in six European countries and Iran.
She taught in elementary and secondary school in the Archdiocese of Hartford for 31 years and then taught art at Marymount College and Mercy College in New York and at various correctional facilities in New York. She was an assistant professor in the Fine Arts Department at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., from 1979-94, and then was the art consultant at St. Joseph Medical Center in Yonkers until her retirement in 2003.
Sister Mary Robert was an accomplished artist who displayed her art in approximately 13 art shows. She gave art lectures to professional groups and also did paintings and portraits for private collections. Her paintings are displayed in the provincial house.
Sister Mary Robert's professional memberships included the Franciscan Community for the Arts in New York, Catholic Fine Arts Society of New England, Connecticut Art Education Association, Bristol Art League and West Hartford Art League.
Sister Mary Robert was predeceased by a brother, Joel Eshoo; a sister, Emma Dodson; and a cousin. She is survived by her religious community and a brother, Robert Eshoo.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 12 in the provincial house chapel. Interment was in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery.