Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

WEST HARTFORD – Sister Bernice Marie LaPointe (Sister Mary Richard), 91, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on Sept. 8, 2011, at the order’s provincial house.

Born on Nov. 13, 1919, in Hartford, she was a daughter of the late Veio Joseph LaPointe and Stella Dauphinais LaPointe. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 29, 1936, and professed her perpetual vows on Dec. 30, 1942.

Sister Bernice received a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., and a master’s degree in music from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She taught in schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford as well as in the Diocese of Bridgeport and in Lee, Mass.

After years teaching at Sacred Heart Academy in Stamford, Sister Bernice became the assistant librarian at St. Paul High School in Bristol, followed by some years of teaching at Cedar Court School in West Hartford. Her final 10 years of ministry were as the archivist for the Missionaries of La Salette in West Hartford.

Sister Bernice was predeceased by her sisters, Sister Genevieve LaPointe of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary and Mae LaPointe Burhans; and her brother, William LaPointe. She is survived by her religious community; a sister, Lea LaPointe Maloy; a brother, Robert LaPointe; nieces; nephews; grandnieces; and grandnephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 12 at the Convent of Mary Immaculate. Interment followed in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.