MADISON – Sister Mary Ann (Dominica Marie) DeFrancesco of the Sisters of Mercy died on May 11, 2015, at home in Madison.
Born in Hartford on Dec. 21, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Dominic and Theresa (Daversa) DeFrancesco. She was raised in New Britain, entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 2, 1957, and professed her vows on June 26, 1960.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Diocesan Teachers College in Madison, Sister Dee, as she was known, taught for 16 years in several parish elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford. She then ministered in retreat and spiritual direction. She received master’s degrees in English and pastoral ministry from St. Joseph College, now the University of St. Joseph, in West Hartford.
During her last two decades in ministry, Sister Dee was a spiritual director at Mercy Center in Madison and the Emmaus Spiritual Life Center in Uncasville, as well as at centers in Louisiana and New Jersey.
Before retirement, she was a pastoral associate at the Church of the Holy Family in Hebron and ministered in pastoral care for the Center for Hospice Care in southeastern Connecticut. In retirement, Sister Dee volunteered countless hours of ministry to her sisters who resided at St. Mary Home in West Hartford.
Sister Mary Ann is survived by her brothers Frank and Michael, a nephew, a niece, several close cousins and her religious community, particularly Sisters Mary Daly and Ann McGovern, with whom she lived.
A funeral Mass was celebrated May 18 in the chapel at St. Mary Home. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery.