CUMBERLAND, R.I. — Sister Rita Pelletier, 88, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield died in Mount St. Rita Health Centre, Cumberland, R.I. on February 4. A native of New Bedford, she was the daughter of Joseph and Medora (Fontaine) Pelletier.
In 1945 Sister Rita entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of LePuy in Fall River, from St. Joseph Parish in New Bedford. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Fall River and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield merged in 1974.
Sister Rita graduated from Novitiate High School, Fall River and received a B.A. degree from St. Joseph College, West Hartford, Conn., and a M.A. from Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn.
In the Diocese of Fall River Sister Rita taught at St. Jean Baptiste, Blessed Sacrament and St. Roch schools in Fall River and St. Joseph and St. Mary schools in New Bedford. She served as Religious Education coordinator and as pastoral minister at St. Mary Parish, New Bedford and as pastoral minister at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Acushnet.
She was the associate director of Religious Education for the Diocese of Fall River. Her last years of active ministry were at Rock Funeral Home, New Bedford.
In addition to her Sisters in community, she is survived by several cousins; her dear friend, Dr. Carol Duphily and her husband Patrick Sheridan of New Bedford; her godchild, Liz Forgue of New Bedford; her dear friends Leonard Rock and Joseph Ando, both of Tiverton, R.I.; and many other friends, including the residents of Casey-Miller Apartments.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy Family-Sacred Heart Church in New Bedford on February 8. Burial followed in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Bedford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 577 Carew St., Springfield, Mass. 01104.