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Sr. Bette Gould
1939 - 2014
NORTH ADAMS - Sister Bette Gould, (Helen Charles), 75, beloved member of the Sisters of St.Joseph, of Springfield, in her 57th, year of religious life, died in Holyoke on June 26, 2014, A native of North Adams, she was the daughter of Charles and Helen (Toohey) Gould.
Sister Bette entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield from St. Francis Parish in North Adams.
She graduated from St. Joseph High School in North Adams and earned an A.B. degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee,. She earned an M.A. Ed. from Assumption College in Worcester and an M.A. in Pastoral Studies and Theology from Loyola University, Chicago.
Sister Bette served as a Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Springfield from 1984 to 2005. Previous to that, she ministered in the schools of the Diocese as a teacher at Holy Trinity, Greenfield and Blessed Sacrament, Holyoke, as both teacher and, later, principal at St. Joseph High School, North Adams, principal at St. Joseph High School, Pittsfield, and as principal at Our Lady of Hope School in Springfield. She worked at the Christian Education Center in Springfield as a Curriculum Coordinator for the Diocese of Springfield.
In 2005, Sr. Bette began her ministry at East Catholic High School, Manchester, Conn., serving for two years as interim principal and, until very recently, as Coordinator of the school's mentoring program. Sr. Bette also served as a Police Commissioner for the city of Springfield from 1993 to 1995.
In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her sister, Helene Gajda of North Adams, her brother, John Gould of Williamstown, and several nieces and nephews.
Sr. Bette was predeceased by her brother, Richard Gould of Adams.
FUNERAL NOTICE: The wake will take place at Mont Marie on Monday, June 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held in the Mont Marie Chapel on Monday at 5 p.m. Burisal will follow in Mont Marie Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 34 Lower Westfield Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040-2739.
Arrangements entrusted to the SAMPSON FAMILY CHAPELS.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 27, 2014
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