In Memory of Mother Mary Anthony Lemire, SCMC

October 11, 1933 - September 8, 2023

Mother Mary Anthony Lemire, a Sister of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, died at Holy Family Motherhouse on Friday , September 8, after a long illness.
Mother Anthony was born in Norwich, CT on October 11, 1933, the daughter of the late Joseph and Marie Rose (Breault) Lemire. She attended schools in Norwich and Willimantic and entered the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church in 1957 and professed perpetual vows in 1964.
Mother was an inspiring educator in East Haven, Manchester, Willimantic, and Deep River. She also served at St. Charles Children’s Home in Rochester, NH, and at St. Elizabeth Nursing Home in Janesville, WI. She developed lasting friendships with students, healthcare workers, patients and families, wherever she was called to serve. She was happiest, however, in serving her Religious Sisters as Director of Formation and in the government of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity in various roles from 1988 until, due to her failing health, she retired in 2018. Our initial sadness at her death has been replaced by knowing that she so earnestly longed to see the face of God, and now her hope is being fulfilled.
Mother was predeceased by her parents, and her brothers Wilfred, Raymond and George Lemire, and her sister Doris Dugas. She is survived by her Sisters in Religion and by her brother Roger Lemire and her sister Theresa Doubleday, numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces & nephews with whom she faithfully remained in contact, and two cousins, Lorraine Roberts and Anita Delaney.

Friends may call at the Motherhouse on Wednesday, September 13th from 2 to 7 p.m., and on Thursday, September 14th from 11:00 a.m. until the time of her funeral at 3:30 p.m. in the chapel.

Godere-Guillot funeral home is assisting the Sisters with the arrangements.

Funeral Mass

If you are unable to join us and would like to view the live stream of the Mass, you can do so on the SCMC Facebook page at:
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In the comment box below, you can send condolences or share your favorite memories of Mother Mary Anthony with her family and the Sisters.

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In His Peace and Merciful Love,

Your Sisters of Charity

8 Responses

  1. I have fond memories of Mother Anthony from my time at St Elizabeth Home. I worked there as a social worker from 1993-1999. She was one of the first to greet my new born son in 1997 at the hospital. A wonderful soul

  2. Thank you for all you did for me when I went to School at the Academy. You took 7 of us girls for a weekend retreat. I will never forget the love and friendship you gave us all. RIP. xo

  3. Mother Anthony will and always ❤️ be special to my family and me .I worked at St.Elizabeths and she saw me grow when I was a teenager saw me grow into the person I am today..She taught me so much and always listened..I never will forget the time we spend together…Heaven gained a very special lady.My heart hurts but healing prayers will help…Prayers too the Mother’s and Sisters for caring for her..Prayers also towards her family…..

  4. Mother Anthony always warmly welcomed our family each time we visited Baltic to see our daughter, Sr. Kateri. She was caring, compassionate, and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was always interested in our family news and would always assure us of her ongoing prayers. May she be enjoying the blessings of eternal life now and forever.

  5. Oh, Mother Anthony!!! The sweetest and most precious! I would meet with her about every two weeks on Sunday after CCD when I was a student. I would tell her about the different activities and events that were going on, and she would tell me about all her stories during her different apostolates. She never failed to write me a sweet letter with little goodies. Mother Anthony had the sweetest and brightest smile. She had crazy and adventurous stories, and always told them with the same passion. I am so glad that I got to see her this past June. She told me a Communion prayer about three years ago that I still pray: Jesus, may I be a fit dwelling place for you. There is no doubt that she was a holy Sister and piously lived out her vocation as a Bride of Christ.

  6. Mother Anthony was always the most welcoming, warm, and engaging person when we went to visit Sr Loreto. Her smile lit up the room! Prayers to all and will always remember those special times. 🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼

  7. My heart is sad because I didn’t get to see her again. My favorite memory is at the Sister’s Picnic at the Convent in Old Saybrook. Joking with Mother I asked her when can I sign up? She had a look on her face and said ” No way you’re trouble and I don’t need any headaches!! Rest in Peace Mother and know I Love You !!!

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