Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, February 22, 2018

PUTNAM – Sister Geraldine Bonenfant, 84, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on May 18 at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center, where she had resided since 1997.

A daughter of the late Alfred and Mary (Petit) Bonenfant, she was born on Feb. 13, 1925, in Augusta, Maine. She entered religious life in 1941 and made her religious profession on Aug. 20, 1945, at Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam. She then was known as Sister Alfred du Sacré Coeur.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Annhurst College in South Woodstock and was a teacher for most of her religious life. She taught at St. Anne School in Waterbury and St. Anne School in Hartford as well as at schools in Wauregan, Plainfield and Jewett City.

From 1970-72, she was a nursery administrator at Garretson Memorial Day Nursery in Newport, R.I., and then assisted in the libraries at Annhurst College and Putnam Catholic Academy. She taught crafts from 1976-80 at the Wheeler Clinic in Plainville before becoming the activities director at Oakcliff Convalescent Home in Waterbury. From 1991-94, she did pastoral visitations at parishes in Moosup and Dayville.

She is survived by a sister, Priscilla Parr of Farmington; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Father Richard Archambault, chaplain, celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on May 22 in the provincial house chapel.