Obituary: Sister Bernadette Desrochers, CND
Sister Bernadette Desrochers (Sister St. Felicia Marie), a Sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal, died May 20 at Andrus Retirement Home in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
Born in St. Johnsbury in 1934 to Felix Joseph and Marie Anna (Pinard) Desrochers, she attended Mount St. Joseph Academy for elementary and secondary school; there she met members of the Congregation de Notre Dame who taught there and graduated in 1952.
In 1956 she entered the Congregation of Notre Dame in Bourbonnais, Illinois, making her first profession of vows in 1958 and her perpetual vows in 1964.
She later studied at Notre Dame College of Staten Island, New York, and at Centre Sevres de Paris.
Her first teaching assignment was in Chicago where she taught English at St. Louis Academy. She then moved to New Haven, Connecticut, to teach grade 7 at St. John the Baptist School. From 1960 until she retired in 2017, she taught French in six different high schools conducted by the congregation in New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island.
She served as bursar at Notre Dame Academy in Staten Island.
She was predeceased by her parents, her five brothers and two sisters.
A wake and funeral took place at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton, Connecticut, May 23.