Sister Antoinette Ouellette SUSC died August 17, 2021 at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA. Born in Lawrence on June 30, 1927, she was the daughter of the late John and Irene (Martin) Ouellette. In addition to her Holy Union Sisters, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews survive her. She was predeceased by her sister Theresa Wrigley and brothers Henry and John.
Sr. Antoinette graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Lawrence and entered the Holy Union Sisters on August 15, 1945. She pronounced her final vows on August 22, 1953. She received a B.S. in Education from Catholic Teacher’s College, Providence, RI.
She spent her early years in religious life as a junior high school teacher in Holy Union Schools in Maryland, New York, and North Carolina. She also served as principal and superior in Baltimore and Elizabeth City, North Carolina. In 1961 She fulfilled a long-time desire to minister in the foreign missions when she went to the Holy Union Mission in Cameroon. She served there until 1980 when she returned to the U.S. to study nursing. After receiving an Associate Degree in Nursing at Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA, she returned to Cameroon as a registered nurse and worked in that capacity for eight years. In 1992 she returned to the United States and joined the nursing staff caring for the elderly Holy Union Sisters at their retirement home in Fall River where she also served as assistant to the administrator. She retired in 2005 and moved to Prosper Care, formerly The Landmark in Fall River. In 2013, ill health necessitated a move to Mary Immaculate Residence, Lawrence, where she resided until her death. In 2020, Sr. Antoinette celebrated her seventy fifth anniversary as a Holy Union Sister.
Sr. Antoinette Ouellette's funeral will be held on Tuesday Aug. 24 at St. William Church, 1351 Main St., Tewksbury, MA. A viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Andover. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McGaffigan Funeral Home, Pepperell MA.
Donations in Sr. Antoinette’s memory may be made to Holy Union Sisters Mission Advancement Office, P.O. BOX 410, MILTON, MA 02186.
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P.O. Box 410, Milton MA 02186