FALL RIVER, Mass. — Sister Claire Carmody, SUSC (Sister Stella Marie) died at Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River at the age of 91 on August 10. She was born in Chelsea on Oct. 28, 1924, the daughter of the late Joseph and Stella (White) Carmody. In addition to her Holy Union Sisters, her sister-in-law Lydia and a niece and nephews survive her. She was predeceased by her brothers Roger and Joseph and sister Doris (Carmody) Siebert.
Sister Claire graduated from St. Rose High School, Chelsea. She entered the Holy Union Sisters in Fall River on Sept. 8, 1942, and pronounced her final vows on Aug. 22, 1950. She studied at Fordham University and Manhattanville College in New York and received a bachelor of arts degree in music from Anna Maria College, Paxton. She did post-graduate work at Boston University and was an Mass.-certified music teacher.
Sister Claire taught elementary grades and music in Holy Union Schools in Massachusetts and New York. She taught music and humanities at the former Sacred Hearts Academy, Fall River and Coyle and Cassidy High School, Taunton. When she retired from formal teaching, she gave piano lessons to students at a studio in Fall River and in their homes in the Fall River and Taunton areas. She also visited Holy Union Sisters in nursing homes in Fall River and Taunton. Sister Claire was employed by Bristol Elder Services as an ombudsperson and regularly visited area nursing homes.
When she fully retired in 2011, Sister Claire joined the Holy Union Sisters at The Landmark, Fall River. As her health declined, she moved to Catholic Memorial Home for Hospice care.
Throughout her life, Sister Claire was an avid reader of a wide variety of books and magazines. She had a particular interest in the writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and was a member of the American Teilhard Society. She had a large classical music collection and listening to her many CDs was a source of great pleasure. Over the years, she was actively engaged in committees of the Holy Union Sisters. In 2012, Sister Claire celebrated 70 years as a Holy Union Sister.
The prayer vigil and Mass of Christian Burial took place at Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River. All funeral arrangements were by Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home.