Sr. Thérèse LaPlante, 88
Sr. Thérèse LaPlante, 88, a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died on October 18, 2013, at the Holy Spirit Health Care Center in Putnam, CT.
Born Marie Thérèse Rita LaPlante in Manchester, NH, on June 6, 1925, she entered religious life in Putnam and made her novitiate at the order’s motherhouse in St. Brieuc, France, and made her religious profession there in 1950. She took the religious name of Sr. Marguerite de l’Eucharistie.
Early in her career Sr. Thérèse was a teacher, but in 1953 she began studies at Holy Ghost Hospital in Cambridge, MA, and became a licensed practical nurse. From 1955-2005 she ministered in home nursing in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. For most of those 50 years, from 1967-71 and again from 1978-2005, she ministered to ill and fragile people in their homes throughout the greater Bridgeport area. She did so under the auspices of the Queen’s Daughters in Bridgeport and the United Way of Southwestern Connecticut.
In 2005, Sr. Thérèse began her retirement at the Holy Spirit Provincial House in Putnam. Following some health issues, she was admitted to Holy Spirit Health Care Center in October, 2013.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Sr. Thérèse on October 22 at the Holy Spirit Provincial House. Burial followed at St. Mary Cemetery in Putnam.