WEST HARTFORD – Sister Rita Lamy (Sister Mary Leonide) of the Sisters of Mercy died peacefully on April 2, 2015, at St. Mary Home.
The daughter of the late Josephat and Leonida (Matteau) Lamy, she was born July 17, 1927, in Watertown. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on Dec. 28, 1946, and professed her religious vows June 28, 1949.
She earned her teaching degree from St. Joseph College, now the University of St. Joseph, and taught at numerous Catholic schools throughout Connecticut’s three dioceses, including at Our Lady of Mercy School in Madison, where she was the principal for almost a decade. She served as principal at St. Mary School in Milford before returning to Madison to take the position of registrar at Mercy Center, a post she held for 11 years. She then coordinated the gift shop at St. Mary Home until her retirement in 2010.
Sister Rita was predeceased by her brothers, Henry and Irving. She is survived by nieces, nephews and her religious community.
A funeral Mass was celebrated April 7 in the chapel at St. Mary Home. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery followed. Donations in Sister Rita’s memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 E. Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111.