In Loving Memory
RIOUX-Sr Fern SUSC
(Sister Daniel Joseph)
July 3, 1930 ~ March 20, 2019
Sister Fernande Rioux (Sr Daniel Joseph) SUSC of The Landmark Fall River, MA died on March 20, 2019 after a brief illness at the age of 89. She was born in Taunton, MA on July 3, 1930, the daughter of the late Louis and Marie Anna (Levesque) Rioux. In addition to her Holy Union Sisters, her sisters Claire Chamberlain and husband Charles and Theresa Haradon and husband Robert, her sister-in-law Jeannette Rioux, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews survive her. She was predeceased by her sisters Yvette Hebert, Lucille Larivee, and brothers Donald, Lucien, Louis and Paul.
Known to all as “Sister Fern” she attended the former St. Mary’s High School, Taunton and graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Lawrence, MA. She entered the Holy Union Sisters on September 6, 1947 and pronounced her final vows on July 26,1956. She attended the Sacred Heart Teacher Training School in Groton, MA and received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Catholic Teachers College, Providence, RI.
Sister Fernande’s teaching career spanned over forty years. She taught junior high in schools staffed by the Holy Union Sisters in Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. She served as principal at St. Cecilia’s School, Pawtucket from 1967 to 1986 and returned as principal from 1995 to 1998. She participated in a sabbatical program in New York and served as administrator of the Holy Union Sisters retirement community at St. Mary’s Villa, Lowell from 1989 to 1995 and from 1998 to 2002 when St. Mary’s Villa closed. She then retired at St. Anthony Convent, Taunton. In 2016 she joined the Holy Union Sisters Community at The Landmark, Fall River. Sr. Fern celebrated her 70th anniversary as a Holy Union Sister in 2017.
Throughout her life, Sr. Fern remained close to her large family and was beloved by her many nieces and nephews. She was highly regarded as an elementary school principal and brought these skills to her ministry as administrator of the Holy Union Sisters retirement community. At St. Mary’s Villa, she took great delight in planning feast day and holiday celebrations for the sisters.
Sr. Fern’s funeral arrangements were held at St. Anthony Church, 126 School St. Taunton on March 27. The wake was at 9 a.m. followed by the Memorial Prayer at 10 a.m. and Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30. Burial followed at St. Francis Cemetery, Taunton. Funeral arrangements were by Riendeau-Mulvey Funeral Home, 467 Bay St., Taunton.
Donations in Sr. Fernande’s memory may be made to the Holy Union Sisters’ Mission Advancement Office, P.O. Box 410, Milton, MA 02186-0006.
As we bid farewell to Sr. Fern, we rejoice in the sure knowledge
that her lifetime of fidelity, generosity and care for others
enabled her at the end of her life
to say with the Psalmist:
“My heart is ready, O God. My heart is ready.”
You may download a copy of Sr. Fern’s biography RIOUX-SrFern Biography