OBITUARY: Sister Elizabeth Marie Morrissey, SSJ
HOLYOKE – Sister of St. Joseph Elizabeth Marie Morrissey (formerly Ruth Frances), 87, member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died Oct. 27 in Mont Marie Health Care Center, here.
Born in Woonsocket, R.I., she was the daughter of Eugene and Elizabeth (Mahon) Morrissey. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Vermont in 1954 from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Burlington, Vt. She became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in 2001 when the two communities merged. She graduated from Mt. St. Mary Academy, Burlington, and earned a bachelor of science degree from Trinity College, Burlington and a master of arts degree from Providence College, Providence, R.I.
She taught at Mt. St. Joseph Academy, Rutland, Vt., and at Bennington Catholic High School, Bennington, Vt. She also served at the College of St. Joseph the Provider, Rutland, as a faculty member and director of admissions, 1964-65; academic dean, 1965-72; and in public relations and development, 1978-82. She held several positions of service in her congregation: director of postulants, two terms as president, and director of the co-member program. She retired to St. Joseph Residence, Rutland in 2004.
In addition to her sisters in community, she is survived by her sister, Grace Morrissey, of Burlington, and by two brothers, Eugene Morrissey of Burlington and John Morrissey of Stowe, Vt., and their families.
A memorial prayer service will be held at Mont Marie, Holyoke, on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. The wake will take place at St. Peter Church, Convent Avenue, Rutland, Vt., at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 4. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. that morning, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery, Rutland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Mont Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Rd., Holyoke, Mass. 01040-2739.