LANCASTER, Mass. — Sister Dorothy Santarpia, (Marie Francois), 84, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died in River Terrace Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Lancaster, Mass. on February 2, 2015. A native of Fall River, Mass., she was the daughter of Francisco and Maria (Brazoa) Santarpia.
Sister Dorothy entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of LePuy in Fall River from St. Elizabeth Parish, Fall River in 1945 and became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield when the congregations merged in 1974. She graduated from Novitiate High, Fall River, earned a Bachelor’s degree from Regis College, Weston, Mass. and Master’s degrees from Manhattanville College, New York and State College of Arkansas.
Sister Dorothy taught in the Diocese of Fall River at St. Matthew and St. Roch Schools, Fall River; St. Joseph and St. Therese Schools, New Bedford, Mass.; and at St. Therese School, Conway, Arkansas. She served in the Diocese of Springfield at Cathedral High School, Springfield as guidance counselor and also at Catholic Charities as a counselor.
In addition to her sisters in community, she is survived by her sisters, Sr. Estelle Santarpia, SSJ, of Milford, Mass., Susan Pavao of Fall River, and Louise Gragnani of Naples, Fla. as well as by several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the Mont Marie Chapel on February 6. Burial followed in Mont Marie Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 577 Carew Street, Springfield, Mass., 01104.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Sampson Family Chapels in Springfield.