Sister Mary Robinson; 91
LEOMINSTER -- Sister Mary Virginia Robinson, known in secular life as Mary C. Robinson, of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Presentation Convent in Leominster
Sister was the first baby born in the town of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, on March 6, 1922, the daughter of the late Carl and Marie (Smith) Robinson.
After graduating from Leominster High School, she entered the Sisters of the Presentation in 1943, and professed her final vows in 1949. Sister received a BA degree in Latin from Boston University, a MA in Latin and Education from Boston College, and a Doctor of Education in Humanities Education from Boston University. In 1968, she received both a Fulbright and CANE Scholarship to study in Rome, and in 1982 she received her second Fulbright Scholarship to Rome.
After teaching at St. Bernard's High School for 40 years, Sister worked as the Coordinator of Theses and Dissertations in Boston University Library, and finished her career by working at the the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Besides her community, Sister Mary Virginia is survived by two nieces, Kathleen Bonsall, and her husband, Jon, and Rita Martineau; two nephews, Robert and David Martineau, and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents, and a sister, Elizabeth (Robinson) Martineau.
ROBINSON -- Her Funeral will be celebrated on Wednesday May 1, with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. in Presentation Convent Chapel, 99 Church St., Leominster, MA. Burial will follow at St. Bernard's Cemetery in Fitchburg. Calling hours at the convent will be on Tuesday, April 30, from 6-8 pm, with a prayer service at 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation Retirement Fund, 99 Church St., Leominster, MA 01453 or may be left at the convent.
The Smith-Mallahy-Masciarelli and Fitchburg Chapel of the Sawyer-Miller-Masciarelli Funeral Home, 243 Water St., Fitchburg, is directing the funeral arrangements.