Sister Alice Desrosiers, S.U.S.C.

TAUNTON, Mass. ­— Sister Alice Desrosiers, (Sister Doris Marie) S.U.S.C., died at Marian Manor, Taunton on May 14 at the age of 97. 

She was born in Cambridge, on Sept. 12, 1919, the daughter of the late Joseph and Eva (Verrier) Desrosiers. In addition to her Holy Union Sisters, her brother Leo, sister Helene Theriault and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews survive her. Her sisters Emma Igo, Theresa Pollock, Marie Desrosiers, Irene Brodie, and Sister Doris Desrosiers, S.U.S.C. and brothers Gerard, Romeo and George predeceased her. 

Sister Alice graduated from Our Lady of Pity High School, Cambridge and entered the Holy Union Sisters in Fall River, on Sept. 15, 1939. She pronounced her final vows on Aug. 15,1947. Sister Alice studied at Sacred Heart School of Education, Fall River and received a B.S. in education from Catholic Teachers College, Providence, R.I. She received a certificate in library science from Regis College. 

She taught elementary grades in schools in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island and later served as librarian. As she approached retirement, Sister Alice took courses in gerontology. When she retired from teaching, Sister Alice began a ministry to the elderly and homebound in the former St. Jacques Parish, Taunton and participated in many of the parish activities.

In 2001 ill health necessitated her move to Marian Manor in Taunton. 

Sister Alice reached out to many other residents, visited them regularly and shared stories and laughter. In 2003 she received the “Caring Heart Award.” The citation read: “Your kindness and special attention to residents of Marian Manor exhibit a special kind of caring.”

In 2014 she celebrated her 75th anniversary as a Holy Union Sister at a festive tea at Marian Manor where family members, Holy Union Sisters and associates joined her.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated May 18 at St. Jude the Apostle Church, Taunton. Sister Alice was buried with her sister, Sister Doris Desrosiers in St. Mary Cemetery, North Attleboro. Funeral arrangements were by the Riendeau-Mulvey Funeral Home. 

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