MANCHESTER - Sr. Shirley Guilbault, CSC, (Sr. Mary Alfred of Citeaux), 82, of the Sisters of Holy Cross died Nov. 12, 2012, at Holy Cross Health Center in Manchester.
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She was born in Fairfield, Vt., on Nov. 14, 1929, to Alfred and Mildred (LaBounty) Guilbault. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Holy Cross in 1948 and made her final profession in 1955. She served the Congregation for 64 years.
She earned a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame College in Manchester and taught elementary school in New Bedford, Mass. She then served in foreign missions for the people of Bangladesh for seven years. Upon returning she earned a master's degree from Southern University of New York in Albany, N.Y.
Sr. Shirley worked for the Consultation Services of the Diocese of Manchester and as assistant to the Provincial for six years. She also ministered to abused mothers at New Life Dwelling Place in Florida for several years. In recent years she served as a seamstress at St. George Manor and transferred to Holy Cross Health Center in 2009, both in Manchester.
The family includes a sister, Jane Guilbault of St. Albans, Vt.; two brothers, Alfred Guilbault and his wife, Mae, and Anthony Guilbault and his wife, Barbara, all of St. Albans, Vt.; and several nieces and nephews.
services: Calling hours are Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. in St. George Manor, 357 Island Pond Road, Manchester. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday at 9 a.m. in the chapel of St. George Manor. Committal prayers will follow at St. Augustin Cemetery, Manchester.
Donations may be made to Sisters of Holy Cross Development Fund, c/o Sisters of Holy Cross, 377 Island Pond Road, Manchester, 03109.
Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Manchester is assisting with arrangements. To leave a message of condolence, visit www.lambertfuneralhome.com.
Lambert Funeral Home
1799 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Nov. 13, 2012