Sr Olive Cecile “Mary” Lettre

Sr Olive Cecile “Mary” Lettre

Birth
Berlin, Coos County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 27 Mar 2015 (aged 96)
Winooski, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Burial Winooski, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 144260034 · View Source
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WINOOSKI - Sister Olive Lettre, SP, 96, died Friday, March 27, 2015, at Our Lady Providence Residence in Winooski.

Olive Cecile Lettre was born in Berlin, N.H., on Dec. 4, 1918, the last child in a family of 16 children.

Her father, Joseph, and her mother, Anna Fornier, were devout Catholics, and their home reflected their deep and active faith. One of Olive's older sisters wanted very much to follow a call to religious life and she was hoping to enter the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Montreal (the Grey Nuns). However, a fire destroyed the convent of the Grey Nuns and impatient to follow her call to religious life, Olive's sister asked to be admitted to the Sisters of Providence.

Later on, this decision was important for her little sister, Olive. As a young girl, Olive had visited the convent school of the Sisters of the Presentation and later became a border at this school in Granby, Quebec.

However, her dream was to become a nurse and she kept this dream alive even as she began, as a young woman, to teach with the Presentation sisters. The demands of teaching kept her for a time from pursuing her desire for religious life. After some years, she requested admission to the Sisters of Providence and on July 17, 1940, at the age of 32, she was received as a postulant at the Sisters of Providence Motherhouse in Montreal.

Sister Olive pronounced her temporary vows on July 19, 1942, and her perpetual vows on July 19, 1945. After her religious profession, Sister Olive began her lifetime ministry as a primary teacher. She taught first to fourth grade at St. Joan of Arc School in Valleyfield, QC, Canada, from 1942-1945. From 1945-1948, she taught at different times at St. Francis Xavier School in Winooski, Vt., and at St. Gabriel School in St. Johnsbury, Vt.

From 1950 through mid-1980, Sister Olive taught in Chandler and Montreal, Quebec, and in Winooski, St. Johnsbury and Burlington, Vt. Sister Olive was especially gifted in working with boys and girls who were having difficulty in school.

During her teaching years, Sister Olive also took time out for spiritual and professional renewal experiences. From 19861994, Sister Olive was in Berlin, N.H., where she served as the coordinator for the Sisters of Providence community at St. Anne Residence, and in pastoral services at St. Vincent de Paul Nursing Home.

In 1994, Sister Olive received permission to take care of her aged brother, Msgr. Lettre, who lived in Ormond Beach, Fla. Following his death 1998, she retired at Our Lady of Providence convent in Winooski where she continued to minister to her many friends and former students through telephone calls, visits and letters.

However, she was full of light and hope as she looked forward to joining her mother, father, brothers and sisters who had preceded her into eternal life.

Interment will follow in the Sister of Providence plot at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of the LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St., Winooski.


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  • Created by: Laurie & Nate S.
  • Added: 27 Mar 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 144260034
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sr Olive Cecile “Mary” Lettre (4 Dec 1918–27 Mar 2015), Find A Grave Memorial no. 144260034, citing Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery, Winooski, Chittenden County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Laurie & Nate S. (contributor 47011031) .