WEST HARTFORD – Sister of Mercy M. Leo Joseph Devine died on Nov. 30, 2012, at St. Mary Home.
She was born on May 1, 1925, in Bridgeport, a daughter of the late Peter and Margaret (Doherty) Devine. After two years of study at the University of Connecticut, she entered the Sisters of Mercy on June 27, 1945, and professed religious vows on Jan. 2, 1948. She completed her degree at St. Joseph College in West Hartford and went on to earn a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in higher education, both from Boston College.
She taught in Catholic elementary and high schools throughout the state for 17 years before she was appointed as assistant dean of the Diocesan Sisters College in Madison. She also served as dean of the graduate school at St. Joseph College, now called the University of St. Joseph.
She then ministered as the assistant administrator and director of human resources at St. Mary Home until her retirement in 1996.
Sister Leo Joseph was predeceased by her brother William Devine and her sister Margaret McDonald. She is survived by nieces, friends and the Mercy community.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Dec. 5 in the chapel of St. Mary Home. Burial followed the next day in St. Mary Cemetery.
Contributions in Sister Leo Joseph’s name may be sent to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111.