Sister Simonne's Story

BIDDEFORD - Sister Simonne Doucette, formerly known as Sr. St. Berthold, died at St. Joseph Convent on December 28, at the age of 92. Simonne was the fifth in a family of eight children born to Paul Doucette and Clara Levasseur. Simonne was born on July 24, 1922 in Hamlin, ME. She received her elementary education in her native town. After completing her high school education, she later earned a Certificate in Religious Education, and after two years of special studies earned a Certificate as a Child Care Worker and one in Woodworking from the University of Ottowa.

Simonne entered the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec in Biddeford, ME. After her initial training in religious life, Sister Simonne began her long career in education as a teacher and/or a teacher Aide mostly at St. Ann's Orphanage in Methuen, St. Ann School in Lawrence, MA and St. Joseph School in Biddeford, ME. While teaching at St. Ann's Orphanage she was also housemother to a group of boys for 17 years. After school, she taught these boys, in groups of four or five, in the use of small tools and wood crafting.

When Sr. Simonne retired from full time teaching, she became local Superior in several of our houses for a period of 15 years. When she returned to Bay View she became Coordinator of our Gift Shop for five years. In 2004, because of illness, she was transferred to St. Joseph Pavilion where she continued to use her skills for the Bay View Gift Shop.

Survivors are two brothers: Eli Doucette from Simsbury, CT and Roland Doucette from Dayville, CT, and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at St. Joseph Convent, 409 Pool Street, Biddeford, Maine on Monday, December 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm & Tuesday, December 30, 9:00 to 10:45 am.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Convent on Tuesday, December 30, at 11:00 am. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. To share condolences on line, please visit www.HopeMemorial. com.
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