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She attended Holy Family School and St. Peter & Paul School in Lewiston, Academy of St. Joseph in South Berwick and earned her BS/Education degree from St. Joseph College in Standish. She continued post-graduate studies at St. Michael's College in Winooski, VT, St. Paul University in Ottawa, PQ, two units of CPE at Tewksbury State Hospital in MA, and participated in International Seminar of the Congregation of the Sister of St. Joseph in France.
Sister Cecile entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon, France in 1952 and made first profession on August 15, 1954. She taught at St. Rose of Lima School in Jay, St. Anthony School in Jackman, Sacred Heart School in Auburn and Holy Family School in Lewiston. She was involved in Religious Education and Parish Work in Sacred Heart Parish in N. Sanford, NH, St. Mary's Parish in Lincoln and St. Theresa's Parish in Oakland. Her most unforgettable ministry was the time she spent with the people of Governador 17 Rosado, Brazil. Sister Cecile was well known as a gardener and artist, someone who could spend hours working on an intricate cross-stitching pattern and a lover of nature.
She is survived by her sister, Yolande Pettee of Wesley Chapel in Florida and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The sisters of St. Joseph wish to express their gratitude to the staff of Mount St. Joseph and Maine General Hospital for the kindness and excellent care they gave Sister Cecile.
Friends may call from 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday June 28 at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street in Waterville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated June 28 at 11 a.m. at Notre Dame Church, 112 Silver Street in Waterville. Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery in Waterville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory may be sent to Sisters of St. Joseph Ministry Fund, 80 Garland Road, Winslow, ME 04901.
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