Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, April 23, 2018

WILTON – Sister Catherine Marie O’Donnell, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 67 years, died on Nov. 24 at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton. She was 87.

She was born on March 16, 1925, in Medford, Mass., a daughter of the late Patrick and Katherine (Kelly) O’Donnell. She graduated from Girls Catholic High School in Malden, Mass., in 1942 and entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore. She made her final vows in 1951.

She was principal of St. Mary School in Meriden, where she stayed from 1970-86. She then taught for two years at St. John the Evangelist in Watertown before moving to the former motherhouse in Wilton. She retired to the Lourdes Health Care Center in 1991.

Sister Catherine Marie also taught or was a principal at grade schools in Pennsylvania, Georgia, New Jersey and New York.

Sister Catherine Marie earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1952 from what is today Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore. She earned a master’s degree in education from Boston College in 1961.

Sister Catherine Marie is survived by two sisters, Charlotte Reilly of Waltham, Mass., and School Sister of Notre Dame Miriam Patrick O’Donnell, who lives at Lourdes Health Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 27 at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton. Burial followed in St. Mary Cemetery in Bethel.