WILTON – Sister Mary Grace (Helen Cecilia) Bean, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on Sept. 25, 2013, at Lourdes Health Care Center at age 98. She had been in religious life for 83 years.
She was born on March 28, 2015, in Great Mills, Md., a daughter of the late James Alphonsus Bean and Daisy Agnes (Hebb) Bean. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on June 25, 1930, and professed her perpetual vows on Aug. 24, 1936.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and reading from the Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford, and a master’s degree in education and religion from Fairfield University. She also attended the classes for Catholic teachers in Providence, R.I., for several summers.
Sister Mary Grace taught in schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, including at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Hartford for 20 years. She then taught for 20 years in Ridge, Md. She taught for a total of 54 years. She also cooked for her religious community in Ridge for six years before moving to the provincial house in Wilton in 2000.
In addition to her parents, Sister Mary Grace was predeceased by her sisters, Ann Marie Bean, Inez McConnell, Beatrice A. Newbold, Henrietta Moffatt and Mildred Jurovaty; and her brothers, James F., Joseph L., William B. and Lawrence H. Bean. She is survived by her religious community; two sisters, Evelyn Norris and Dolores Pinno; Sister of St. Joseph Rosalie Bean, a cousin; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 28 in St. Joseph Chapel at the Convent of Mary Immaculate in Wilton. Interment followed in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery there. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119; or Saint Michael’s School, 16560 Three Notch Rd., Ridge, MD 20680.