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Obituary: Sister of St. Joseph Judith A. Levins

Sister Judith A. Levins (Mary Patrick), 79, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Mass., died in the Daughters of the Heart of Mary Healthcare Unit in Holyoke, Mass., on Feb. 16.
 
A native of Rutland, she was the daughter of the late P. Barrett and Jean (McKay) Levins.
 
She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rutland in 1955 from Christ the King Parish, Rutland, and became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield when the two congregations merged in 2001. She was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy in Rutland and earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Joseph in Rutland and a master’s in theology from the University of Notre Dame. She also studied at Divine Word Institute in London, Ontario.
 
Sister Levins ministered in Rutland as a teacher at St. Peter School, Mount St. Joseph Academy and the College of St. Joseph; she served as campus minister at the college. She ministered at St. Francis de Sales Parish, Bennington, in religious education and served her congregation in several positions: novice director, 1974-78; vice president, 1978-81; and president, 1988-94. She also served at St. Peter Parish in Rutland as pastoral associate.
 
In 2007 she was the recipient of the Valiant Woman Award given by Church Women United of Rutland.
 
In addition to her sisters in community, she is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins and their families and by her sister-in-law, Alberta Levins. She was predeceased by her siblings Mary Catherine McKay, William Andrew Levins, Patrick Barrett Levins Jr., Joan Riebold, T. Douglas Levins and Michael Joseph Levins.
 
The wake will take place at St. Peter Church on Convent Avenue in Rutland at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, followed by the Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Rutland, will take place in the spring.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Sisters of St. Joseph Administrative Offices, 577 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.
 
 
 
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