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Sister Claire Boissy, RSM,(Sr. M.Bernice)77,of the Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community, Vermont, died at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington on,August 4, 2017 Sr. Claire was born in Winooski, VT, November 5, 1938, the daughter of Isabelle (Devino) and Arthur Boissy. She attended St. Francis Xavier School in Winooski, VT and Mt. St. Mary Academy in Burlington. She received her BA in English from Trinity College VT and an MA in Sacred Scripture from St. Mary's College, Norte Dame Indiana. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on September 8, 1957 and professed her vows on August 16, 1960. Sr. Claire taught at Mater Christi School, Burlington, Mt. St. Mary Academy, Burlington and at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington.She also taught Religious Education in several parishes of the Diocese of Burlington. Sr. Claire served on the General Administration for the Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy, Vermont; she also served on the Initial Formation Team and was Director of Novices for the Regional Community. Sister had involvement in National Leadership serving on the Governing Board Member for the Federation of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas; Chairperson of the Leadership Board-Religious Formation Conference and Chairperson of the New England Region of the Religious Formation Conference. In 1989,Sr. Claire assumed the position of Director of the Institute for Spiritual Development, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. Sister was also a Spiritual Director, ministering in that capacity until a few months ago. Throughout her years of ministry in Education, Administration and Spiritual Direction, Sr. Claire touched the lives of many.In the last months,she ministered to the Sisters of Mercy and kept in prayer,her family, friends, Sisters of Mercy and all those to whom she ministered. She is survived by her sister-in-law Blanche Boissy, many nieces and nephews, and by her sisters in religion, the Sisters of Mercy. She was predeceased by her parents Isabelle and Arthur Boissy, her sister Pauline and brothers Paul and Clayton Boissy. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 11:00 am in Mt. St. Mary Chapel. Visiting hours will be 6:00 pm-8:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Mt. St. Mary's. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sisters of Mercy in support of their ministerial works, in care of the Local Coordinator, Administrative Office, 100 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.

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