TESSIER, Laurette Blanche

Posted: July 28th, 2017

April 11, 1929 – Cadillac, Saskatchewan

July 25, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Laurette Tessier of Calgary, passed away on July 25, 2017 at the age of 88 years.

Sister Laurette Tessier, Sister of Charity of St. Louis, died at Providence Care Center, Calgary, July 25, 2017 at the age of 88 year and 67 years of vowed life.

Laurette was born on a farm near Cadillac, SK where she lived until joining the Congregation in 1948. Her years of service included 21 years in the teaching profession in Saskatchewan (Moose Jaw, Marquis, Radville) and Alberta (Calgary, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge). This was followed by 17 years in parish ministry in Lethbridge, AB, and Weyburn, Wolseley, Sintaluta, and Grenfell, SK. She also spent a number of years in the role of archivist for the western SCSLs and coordinated the care of the senior sisters at St. John’s Convent in Calgary.

Her many and varied interests included history, science and writing poetry. By means of “time-lines”, she loved to share her knowledge of church history and sacred scriptures. Her special love for music led to involvement in liturgical music for some 45 years. She helped the poor through the St. Vincent de Paul Society and by sharing table fellowship with many homeless people through the Inn From the Cold Society. Membership in the Calgary Diocesan Ecumenical Commission inspired her to promote the cause of ecumenism.

Sister Laurette will be lovingly remembered by her SCSL Sisters, her family and numerous friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Blanche and Alphonse Tessier; her sister, Rita Chicoine; and brother, Jean-Denis Gravel.

We are grateful for the excellent care given to Laurette by the staff at Providence Care Center.

Memorial tributes in Sister Laurette’s name may be made directly to St. Vincent de Paul Society: Email https://ssvpcalgary.org/support-st-vincent-de-paul/, or to Elizabeth House: Email, https://www.elizabethhousecalgary.ca/copy-of-form.

Funeral Mass will be held at ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH (2424 – 24th Avenue N.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the church. Graveside Service to follow reception at 1:30 p.m. at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through “http://www.mcinnisandholloway.com/” www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Sr. Laurette Tessier, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 1-800-661-1599

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