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Sister Louis Alena Wirmusky

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LATHAM, N.Y. -- Sister Louis Alena Wirmusky, CSJ, the former Frances F. Wirmusky, 90, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham. Sister Louis had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 68 years.

Sister Louis was born Oct.19, 1915 in Hoosick Falls, the daughter of the late Louis and Helen Rimkunas Wirmusky. She graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Hoosick Falls and entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1937. She received a bachelor’s degree in French and a master’s degree in education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, and taught in schools in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses for more than 50 years. Upon retiring from teaching, Sister Louis volunteered her many talents as a tutor and library aide. She moved to St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham in 1984, where she continued to bring her spirit of dedication, her deep spirituality and her gentle disposition to all whom she met.

Sister Louis Alena leaves her sister-in-law, Theresa Wirmusky; her nieces, Helen Laroche and Margaret Coutinho; her cousins, Regina Hubbard and Mary Kerbelis; several other cousins and friends; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She was predeceased by her dear brother, Walter, and by many members of her beloved Sisters of St. Joseph.

Sister Louis Alena’s funeral liturgy will be held Friday, Dec. 23, 2005, at 10 a.m. from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House in Latham. Interment will be in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds. Calling hours will be held at the Provincial House Thursday, Dec. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Contributions in Sister Louis’ memory may be made to the development office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 22, 2005
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