Friday, September 12, 2008

RIP: Sr. Bea

Sr. Beatrice, Sr. Bea as we called her, was my first grade teacher. She was a very holy and dedicated woman of God. My constant memory of her, one I think of very often, is that she taught us the hymn, "Immaculate Mary," and I think of her whenever I sing of it. May she rest in peace and receive the reward prepared for her in Heaven. Here is her obituary:

FAIRHAVEN — Sr. Beatrice Lapalme, OP, 95, and formerly named Sister Raymond Beatrice, of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, died Wednesday, September 10, 2008, at Alden Court Rehabilitation Center.She was the daughter of the late Elzear and Anna (Lelievre) Lapalme.

She was born in Acushnet on June 13th, 1913.Sister Beatrice entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Fall River in September 1936, and made her First Profession in March 1938 and her Final Profession in March 1941. She taught at St. Anne School in Fall River (1938-1941) and at St. Francis Xavier School in Acushnet (1941 — 1993).

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Cecilia Lapalme of Acushnet; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Maurice, Raymond, Lionel, Elzear and Laurette Lapalme.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the Sr. Beatrice Lapalme Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Francis Xavier School, 223 Main St., Acushnet, MA 02743.

Visitation will be Saturday morning only 9-10:30 AM at Rock Funeral Home, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church at 11 AM. Her interment will be private at Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River, on Monday.

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