August 2, 2016
Phyllis M. Kirch, 91, Maynard Ave., Dexter passed away at her home Tuesday morning, August 2, 2016.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 5, at 1PM at Immaculate Conception Church, Brownville with Rev. H. Michael Gaffney, pastor, presiding. Entombment in Glenwood Mausoleum will be at the family's convenience. There will be no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.
Phyllis was born a twin in Adams, MA on April 25, 1925 of the late William and Lillian (Paradise) St. Hilaire. She grew up in the Berkshire area and attended Notre Dame Elementary and C. T. Plunkett Junior and Senior High School. She was a graduate of Notre Dame College in Manchester, NH and attended Potsdam University for further study.
She taught at St. Mary's Elementary School, Clayton, Holy Angel's School, St. Albans, VT, a mission school in British Colombia, and an elementary school in Manchester, NH.
She has been a resident of the Dexter area for the last 30 years and in 1991 she retired from Dexter Elementary School as a fourth grade teacher, where she taught for twenty years. She was a communicant of St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Dexter and Immaculate Conception Church, Brownville. She had taught fifth grade religion class and was a Eucharistic Minister at Samaritan Medical Center on Thursdays.
She was a former nun in the Sisters of the Holy Cross and of the Seven Dolors.
Phyllis is survived by her three stepchildren, Peggy Kirch, TN, Cindy Kirch, TN, and Michael Kirch, Brownville; brother, Clement St. Hilaire, Adams, MA; three sisters, her twin, Sr. Patricia St. Hilaire, CSC, Manchester, VT, Doris Rougeau, Adams, MA, and Gabrielle Downey, Pittsfield, MA; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Kirch, two brothers, Vincent and Roland St. Hilaire, and two sisters, Rita Rose and Roma Tanguay.
Masses for the repose of her soul may be made to a church of your choice. Online condolences to her family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.