Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

PUTNAM – Sister Doris Bérubé, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, 94, died on Nov. 7, 2014, at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center, where she had resided since September 2012.

She was born on Jan. 3, 1920, in Hartford, the daughter of the late Thomas and Philomène (Bélanger) Bérubé. She entered religious life in 1942 and made her religious profession at the Holy Spirit Provincial House on July 1, 1943. She was then known as Sister Thérèse Thomas.

Sister Doris received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Diocesan Sisters College in South Woodstock; certification in teaching English as a second language from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vt.; and a Master of Arts degree from Fairfield University.

Primarily a teacher and educator for most of her religious life, her assignments included St. Anne School in the Archdiocese of Hartford and schools in Norwich and Bridgeport dioceses. From 1965-72, Sister Doris prepared prospective teachers and was named director of the International Institute at Annhurst College in South Woodstock. She then was principal of a school in Woodstock before returning to Annhurst, where she was an ESL teacher, administrator of the institute and an assistant professor in the education and English departments until the closure of Annhurst in 1980. She then ministered in Putnam and Danielson before serving as a secretariat aide at the provincial house until her retirement there in 2002.

Survivors include two nieces, Ellen Standke of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Diane Paré of Avon; and a nephew, Normand Mathieu of Bloomfield; as well as several grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Nov. 11 in the provincial house chapel. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Putnam.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Daughters of the Holy Spirit Retirement Fund, 72 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260.