OBITUARY: Sister Julia Marie Walsh, SSJ
HOLYOKE – Sister of St. Joseph Julia Marie Walsh (Teresa Ann), 93, member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died in Holyoke on Dec. 3. A native of Rutland, Vt., she was the daughter of the late James and Julia (McNamara) Walsh.
She graduated from Mt. St. Joseph Academy, Rutland, and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rutland in 1943 from Christ the King Parish, Rutland. She became a Sister of St. Joseph of Springfield in 2001 when the two communities merged. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from the College of St. Joseph the Provider, Rutland and a master of arts degree from Boston College.
She taught at St. Peter School, Christ the King School and Mt. St. Joseph Academy in Rutland. She was a member of the faculty and administration at the former St. Joseph College in Bennington, Vt., and served as president from 1966-70. She later served as executive secretary to the president of the congregation and administrative assistant in the Guidance Office of Mt. St. Joseph Academy. She retired to Mt. St. Joseph Convent, Rutland, and moved to Mont Marie Health Care Center in Holyoke in 2005.
Besides her sisters in community, she leaves cousins and close friends.
A wake service will be held at Mont Marie on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon with a prayer service at 11:30. A wake also will be held at St. Peter Church, 134 Convent Ave., Rutland on Friday, Dec. 7 starting at 9:30 a.m. with a prayer service at 10. The funeral will follow in the church at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 34 Lower Westfield Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040-2739.