HARTFORD – Sister Mary Janice May of the Sisters of Mercy died on Nov. 9, 2013 in Hartford.
Born on Aug. 4, 1925, in Bridgeport, a daughter of the late John and Sarah (Newton) May, she was baptized Helene Catherine. After high school, she entered the Sisters of Mercy and, that September, was assigned to a classroom. She remained a teacher for 22 years.
She taught grades three through eight in Catholic schools around the state. She also was principal of Our Lady of Mercy Country Day School in Madison and St. Francis School in Torrington. While in Torrington, she also was on the first parish Board of Education in the Archdiocese of Hartford. During the same years, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from St. Joseph College in West Hartford and a Master of Education degree in administration from Boston College. Later, she did extensive postgraduate studies at St. Joseph College and Fairfield University.
Sister Janice had spent the past 35 years at Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Lauralton Hall, in Milford, ministering as a teacher, guidance counselor and admissions director. Since her retirement in 2003, she continued there as a volunteer staff assistant until her move to West Hartford a few months ago.
Lauralton Hall presented Sister Janice with its Mother Mary Augustine Claven Award in 1990.
Preceded in death by three sisters, Evelyn Fritz, Doris May and Janice Landy, Sister Janice is survived by many nieces, nephews, grand- and great-grandnieces and nephews and the Mercy community.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 13 in the chapel at St. Mary Home in West Hartford. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, 200 High St., Milford, CT 06460 or the Sisters of Mercy, 155 East Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111.