In Loving Memory
Sister Jean Carpinelli SUSC
Sister Emma Francis
March 29, 1933 ~ December 13, 2023
Sister Jean Carpinelli, SUSC, a resident of Prosper at Fall River, died December 13th at the age of 90. Born in Camden, New Jersey on March 29, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Emma (Garrity) Carpinelli. In addition to her Holy Union Sisters, she is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Michael Mihna of Seven Hills, Ohio, as well as nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her sister, Sister Helen Carpinelli, SUSC. Sister Jean attended Camden Catholic High School and graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy, Fall River. She earned a B.A. in Education from the College of the Sacred Hearts and a B.A. in Art from Hunter College in New York. In her varied ministries, Sister Jean participated in a range of courses and workshops.
Sister Jean joined the Holy Union Sisters on June 26, 1950, and professed her perpetual vows on August 22, 1959. At the time of her death, Sr. Jean had been a Holy Union Sister for 73 years. For over thirty-five years, Sr. Jean taught middle and junior high classes in parish schools staffed by her community in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. When she left teaching, Sr. Jean joined the staff of the Jesuit Program for Living and Learning on Staten Island, New York where she served as a residential counselor.
In 1989 Sr. Jean joined a Holy Union formation community that was established in Brockton, MA. While in Brockton, she participated in a YMCA program to assist homeless families and was a teacher in the General Education Diploma class. She also taught language arts at Sacred Heart School in Brockton. From 1992 to 1997 she was a member of the pastoral team for the retirement community of the Holy Union Sisters at Sacred Hearts Convent in Fall River. She then worked at the day center of the Swansea Council on Aging. Sr. Jean retired in 2006 and volunteered in the Holy Union Sisters Archives Office and at Prosper, Fall River. She joined the Holy Union Sisters residing at Prosper in 2019 and remained there until her death.
Donations in Sister Jean’s memory may be made to the Holy Union Sisters Mission Advancement Office, 205 Bedford Street, Fall River, MA 02720.
As we bid farewell to Sister Jean
at this darkest time of the year,
we hold warm memories of the light
she brought to so many:
her grateful students, colleagues
in ministry, the retired sisters
and her cherished family.