Sister Mary Dennis (Madeleine Estelle) Griffin, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on Jan. 8, 2018, at St. Mary Home in West Hartford .
Born in Waterbury on November 17, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Dennis James Griffin and Nora McKenna Griffin. She entered her order on October 15, 1940, and professed her vows on August 24, 1946. She was 96 years of age and had been in religious life for 72 years.
Sister Mary Dennis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford, a master's degree in school administration from Fairfield University and studied at the Pontifical Institute of Regina Mundi in Rome. She spent many years as an elementary school teacher in the Archdioceses of Hartford and Diocese of Bridgeport. She was principal at St. Peter School in New Haven and St. Patrick School in Bridgeport.
Upon her retirement to the provincial house in West Hartford, Sister Mary Dennis volunteered with the sisters in need of health care. She moved to St. Mary Home in 2012.
In addition to her religious community, Sister Mary Dennis is survived by her sister Agnes Caffrey of Waterbury, two nephews, two nieces and many grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her sisters Helen Rossi, Rita Kelly, Mary McLean and Catherine Philbert, and her brothers Dennis, Francis and John Griffin.
Calling hours are Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Sedgwick Cedars Residence, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m.in Sedgwick Cedars chapel. The burial will take place at the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford immediately following the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, c/o Office of Mission Advancement, 650 Willard Avenue, Newington, CT 06111.