WEST HARTFORD – Sister Madeline Follachio, a member of the Sisters of Mercy, Northeast Community, died on Sept. 14, 2014, in West Hartford, after 76 years in religious life.
She was born in Waterbury on Feb. 25, 1920, a daughter of the late Anthony and Anna (Colangelo) Follachio. She attended both Sacred Heart grammar and high schools and entered the Sisters of Mercy on June 27, 1938. She professed her vows three years later.
Sister Madeline earned a bachelor’s degree from the then-St. Joseph College in West Hartford and went on to graduate study at Fairfield and Sacred Heart universities. She taught junior and high school students in many schools throughout the state. She was the dean of students for 14 years at the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall, in Milford, which presented her with its Claven Award, given to people who have “led extraordinary lives, excelled in their choice of fields and made significant impact on Lauralton Hall” in 2003.
Sister Madeline also ministered as a paraprofessional in compensatory education for the Milford Board of Education, tutoring middle and secondary students. She retired in 1999, but continued tutoring under the Milford Literacy Center with assignments at the Bic Corp., where she taught English as a Second Language.
In November 2013, Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury presented her with its Rev. John Meaney Community Impact Award.
Sister Madeline was predeceased by six siblings, Raymond Follachio, Gilda Diorio, Rose Mannello, Albert Follachio, Eva Canale and Olga Follachio. She is survived by her sister, Mary Melchiore; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews; and her religious community.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 18 in the chapel at St. Mary Home. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery.
Donations in Sister Madeline’s name may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, c/o 55 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111.