Sister Lois Anne Van Delft, FMM – North Providence

Sister Lois Anne Van Delft, FMM – North Providence

Sister Lois Anne Van Delft, FMM, (M. Anne Elaine), of Ein Karim Community, died on October 22, 2018, at Saint Antoine Residence, North Smithfield.

Sr. Lois Anne was born in Waterbury, Ct., on February 24, 1931, although the family home was in Naugatuck where she grew up. In her early years, she remembered happy times when her uncles took her and her brother trout fishing and berry picking.

After high school, Lois went to nurses training at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, following in the footsteps of her older cousins. She later moved to Boston to work in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital from 1952 to 1957. Lois was also interested in helping coach the softball and basketball teams of the student nurses. It was at St. Elizabeth’s that she met the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary who were students. They were also present at Kennedy Memorial Hospital for Children nearby.

She felt called and entered the the Novitiate March 17, 1957. Her First Vows were pronounced September 17, 1959, and her Final Vows the same date in 1962. After this, Lois studied for her BS in Nursing at Boston College and was missioned to be Director of Nursing at Kennedy Memorial. Earning a masters degree in Public Health Nursing at Boston College, Lois was then sent in mission from 1972-73 to be a Clinical Specialist at Cabrini Health Center at Divine Providence Shelter in New York City. Here Lois used her knowledge and experience to help children from all different circumstances.

In the summers, she was the nurse at Camp St. Helene, Palenville, NY. From 1973-1974, Lois's mission was the FMM Infirmary in North Providence, R.I., and in 1976-1981, she once again became Director of Nursing at Kennedy. In 1982, Lois was missioned to begin training for CPE (chaplaincy) at Interfaith Ministries in RI and received certification with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. Lois was then missioned to Roslyn, N.Y. to serve in Pastoral Care and became the Assistant to the CEO of St. Francis Hospital.

In 2008, Lois's next mission was to Queen of Peace Community at Fruit Hill and in 2010 to Ein Karim Community with residence at St. Antoine. Lois is best known for her keen intelligence and leadership qualities as well as her special care for the sick and for handicapped children.

Sister Lois' funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 11 a.m., in the Holy Family Chapel, 399 Fruit Hill Ave., North Providence, RI 02911. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery. Visiting hours are Monday, 4 to 8 p.m., with a wake service at 7 p.m., in Holy Family Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, 399 Fruit Hill Avenue, North Providence, RI 02911, in Sister Lois' memory would be appreciated.

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