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Obituary: Sister Cecile Smith RHSJ

Sister Cecile Smith RHSJ

Sister Cecile Smith, Religious Hospitaller of St. Joseph in Winosski, died Nov. 18.

She was born in Berkshire on Feb. 1, 1931, to Ferdina and Mary (Larose) Smith who predeceased her as well as her brothers Armand, Gerard, Raymond and Lawrence and sisters Rose West and Mary Jane Mayhew.

Besides her sisters in religion, she is survived by her sisters Simone Frechette of Winooski; Theresa (Wellington) Towle of St. Albans; Annette (Francois) Montagne of St. Albans; Maria (Donald) Ploof of Mansfield, Mass.; sisters-in-law Shirley Smith of Cicero, N.Y.; Clara Demers of Deland, Fla.; Kathy Smith of St. Albans and several nieces and nephews.

She received her basic education at St. Mary High School in St. Albans and entered the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph in Burlington in 1949. She made her first profession at Bishop deGoesbriand Hospital in 1951 and final profession in Montreal in 1954. She completed her nursing program at Jeanne Mance School of Nursing in Burlington in 1956.

Sister Smith was proficient in pediatric nursing, serving as supervisor of the Pediatric Department at the deGoesbriand Hospital. She was assigned to Notre Dame Hospital in Biddeford, Maine, for six years prior to her assignment to the Dominican Republic serving the children and poor families for 38 years. She assisted in establishing a rehab center, two nursing homes, eye and diabetic clinics and recruiting health care staff and specialists from the Burlington hospitals as well as in Canada and the United States.

She returned to the Fanny Allen community at Our Lady of Providence residence in 2010. She volunteered at the O'Brien Center in Winooski and offered assistance for various functions at the residence.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 23 at Our Lady of Providence. Internment followed at the Fanny Allen Cemetery in Colchester.
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