PUTNAM – Sister Pearl Rita Veilleux, 82, of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on Dec. 25 at Holy Spirit Health Care Center, where she had resided since June 2000.
Born on Aug. 15, 1930, the daughter of the late Simeon and Henedine (Gagné) Veilleux, she made her religious profession on Aug. 23, 1950, at the Motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France. She was then known as Sister Simone de la Croix.
She taught in parish schools in Massachusetts and Connecticut for most of her religious life. From 1974-95, she worked in pastoral ministry at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury and, later, at St. Mary Home in West Hartford.
She retired to the provincial house in 2000 for health reasons.
Survivors include a brother, Hervey Veilleux of Vernon, and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 28 at the provincial house.