HAMDEN – Sister M. Laurentine LaGrutta, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died on Jan. 17, 2014, at Sacred Heart Manor.
She was born on Sept. 22, 1923, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a daughter of the late Anthony and Maria Petrocelli LaGrutta. She entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in New Haven on Dec. 31, 1940, professed her first vows in New Haven on Aug. 24, 1943, and professed her perpetual vows in New Haven on Aug 23, 1949.
Sister Laurentine began her ministry as a teacher at St. Joseph School in New York. Thereafter, she taught at St. Anthony and St. Donato schools in New Haven; St. Raphael in Bridgeport, and Sacred Heart Manor Nursery and Kindergarten in Hamden, as well as in California, Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Sister Laurentine retired in 2008 to Sacred Heart Manor, where she ministered to elderly and ill members of her order and, later, in prayer.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters Maria LaGrutta and Theresa Ciarlo. She is survived by her sister, Sister Electa LaGrutta of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as well as by nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and her religious community.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 20 in the chapel at the manor.
Burial in All Saints Cemetery in North Haven followed. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Manor, 261 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514-2801.