SISTER IRENE BOUDREAU, RSM - BURLINGTON - Sister Irene Boudreau, RSM, (Sr. Dolorita), 82, of the Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community, Vermont, died at Birchwood Nursing Home in Burlington on July 19, 2013. Sister was in her 64th year of religious life. Sr. Irene was born in Barre on March 24, 1931, the daughter of Rose (Dutil) and Romeo Boudreau. She attended St. Monica Elementary School in Barre, and St. Michael's High School in Montpelier. Her bachelor degree was earned at Trinity College, Burlington. Sister taught in parochial schools in Burlington, Barre and Montpelier. She worked in the registrar's office at Trinity College and was also coordinator of the word processing center at Trinity and was the bookstore manager. After retirement, Sr. Irene continued her connection with Catholic education, putting her computer skills to good use in her volunteer ministry at Mater Christi School, preparing invitations and newsletters. Even with her many and varied activities, Sr. Irene found time to make beautiful pottery which, for a number of years, was sold at our Mercy Bazaar. Sr. Irene entered the Sisters of Mercy on Aug. 15, 1949, and was professed on Aug. 18, 1952. A lover of nature and of animals, and a woman of many talents, Sr. Irene has used her skills and creativity in a variety of ways. The Sisters of Mercy are most grateful to the staff at Birchwood Nursing Home for their compassionate care of Sr. Irene. She is survived by her sister, Suzanne Ferrari and her husband, Edward, of Barre; several nieces and nephews; and also by her sisters in religion, the Sisters of Mercy. She was predeceased by her parents, Rose (Dutil) and Romeo Boudreau; and sister, Jeannine Lajeunesse. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on July 22, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in Mt. St. Mary Chapel. At Sister's request, no visiting hours will be held. Those wishing to offer their condolences may gather at Mt. St. Mary Chapel one hour prior to the funeral. Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral Home South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, in support of their ministerial works, in care of the Life and Ministry Administrator, 100 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 21, 2013