Dec 9, 2013

OBITUARY: Sister Stella Labrecque, PM; native of Chicopee



MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Sister Stella Labrecque (formerly Sister Helena-de-Rome), 90, of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, died Dec. 6 at St. Joseph Residence in Manchester, N.H.

She was born in Chicopee on Nov. 4, 1923 to Mederic and Lydia (Brouillard) Labrecque. She entered the congregation of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in 1942 and made her perpetual vows in 1950.

She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Catholic Teachers College in Providence, R.I., and a master's degree in English from Rivier University. She taught in parochial elementary and secondary schools in Rhode Island and New Hampshire for 26 years. She retired in 1987 to St. Bernard in Keene, N.H., and later spent 12 years at the Presentation of Mary in Hudson, N.H., before transferring to St. Joseph Residence in 2009.

She was predeceased by her parents; her three sisters, Lena Roy, Eva Matte and Jeannette Gareau; and a brother, Theodore Labrecque. The family includes nieces and nephews.

Calling will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 2 to 5 p.m., with a prayer service at 4 p.m. in the Resurrection Chapel of St. Marie Residence, 495 Mammoth Rd., Manchester, N.H. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the Resurrection Chapel. Burial will be in Presentation of Mary Cemetery in Hudson, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Presentation of Mary Retirement Fund, 495 Mammoth Rd., Manchester, NH 03104.