HOLYOKE, Mass. — Sister Anne Marie Cecile Poitras, (Sister Francis Regis), 84, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died in Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, on September 28.
A native of Fall River, she was the daughter of Joseph and Marie Louise (Paradis) Poitras. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of LePuy at Fall River from St. Anne Parish, Fall River, in 1947. She graduated from Novitiate High School in Fall River and earned a B.A. from Annhurst College, Woodstock, Conn.
She became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield when the two communities merged in 1974. Sister Cecile served as teacher at St. Roch’s, St. Jean Baptiste, and St. Matthew schools, all in Fall River; St. Joseph School and St. Mary’s Home, both in New Bedford; St. Michael School, Ocean Grove and St. Joseph School, Vinton, La.
She spent many years in Louisiana working with students with behavior disorders before becoming a pastoral assistant at St. Patrick Church, Ferriday, La. She was pastoral assistant at St. Clement Church, Plaquemine, La., and later ministered in Senior Services at St. John the Evangelist Church in Plaquemine where she worked until a few months before her death.
In addition to her Sisters in community, she is survived by her sisters Lillian Marie Poitras of Fall River, and Antoinette Marie Aubin of Westport. She was predeceased by her sisters Beatrice Marie Chretien, Louise Marie Vick, and by her brothers Frank Esdras Poitras, Louis Joseph Poitras, and Joseph Henri Poitras.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated October 2 in the Mont Marie Chapel. Burial followed in Mont Marie cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Mont Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Rd., Holyoke, Mass., 01040-2739.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Sampson Family Chapels.