WATERVILLE - Ursula Louise Binnette, 87, also known for a time as Sister Carolyn of the Sacred Heart, died peacefully at D'Youville Pavilion in Lewiston, Maine, on March 1, 2016. Sister Ursula died in the company of her Ursuline Sisters, having had a lovely visit with family only a short time before her death.
Born on September 14, 1928, to Joseph E. Binnette and Henrietta Sirois Binnette in Old Town, Maine, she was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Binnette, and her two sisters, Madelyn Binnette Chapman and Carolyn Binnette Roe. She is survived by two sisters: Barnardine Binnette Alward and Marie Binnette Valley.
Sister Ursula, who returned to her baptismal name later in life, grew up in Old Town, Maine, where she attended St. Joseph Elementary School. Her high school education took place at Mount Merici Academy in Waterville, Maine, where she was a boarder. In July of 1945, she entered the Ursuline Novitiate, and was sent to Beaugency, France, for training, making her vows as an Ursuline Sister on March 15, 1948, in Beaugency.
Sister Ursula pursued higher education at the College of New Rochelle in New York, Bowdoin College, Boston College, Providence College in Rhode Island, SUNY, New York, and a TUFTS program; she received a Bachelor's degree, two Master's degrees, and certification in Greek. She was known as a superb teacher of all twelve grades and especially for classic languages, teaching in Waterville and Lewiston, Maine; as well as Ursuline Academy in Springfield and Dedham, Massachusetts, and New Rochelle, New York. Her students remember her for the wonderful trips she led to Italy and Greece.
A time of gathering will be held from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM at 1 Saint Angela Way in Waterville on Friday March 11, 2016 followed directly by a Mass of Resurrection in celebration of her life in the Ursuline Chapel there. She will be buried in the Ursuline Cemetery also at 1 St. Angela Way later this spring. Please visit to view a video collage of Sister Ursula's life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.
Memorial gifts may be made to either Ursuline Academy in memory of Sr. Ursula or to the Retired Ursuline Sisters of Maine and Massachusetts, in care of Sister Angela Krippendorf, 100 Campus Avenue, #211, Lewiston, Maine, 04240.