Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

WEST HARTFORD – Sister Mary Borromeo Damico (Raffaela Helena Damico), a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on March 30 at her community’s provincial house.

Sister Borromeo was 100 years of age and was in her 83rd year of religious life.

She was born on Aug. 9, 1908, in Sterling, a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Damato) Damico. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Feb. 15, 1927, and celebrated her perpetual profession of vows on Aug. 23, 1932.

Sister Borromeo taught in schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford and dioceses of Bridgeport and Norwich. Many of her former students visited her in her community’s infirmary, to which she retired several years ago.

In addition to the Sisters of St. Joseph, she is survived by her sister, Evelyn Reitz of Lansing, Ill., and several grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Pasquale and Cecilio Damico; and five sisters, Elizabeth Thompson, Rose Ricotilli, Annie Zercie, Josephine (Mae) Wood and Helen Moulin.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 2 in St. Joseph Chapel in West Hartford. Interment was in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.