Obituary for Sister Theresa Thomas Rhsj
Sister Theresa Ann Thomas (Sister St. Thomas), Religious Hospitaller of St. Joseph of the Fanny Allen community went to her eternal resting place on December 18, 2017 at Our Lady of Providence Residential Care Facility in Winooski, Vermont.
She was born in Shelburne, Vermont on January 3, 1928, to Eustace Thomas and Lena (Hicks), the 6th of ten children. She was predeceased by her parents as well as her brothers Herrick, Leonard, and Anthony, and sisters Mary Eileen and Isabelle. Besides her sisters in religion, she leaves her brother Peter Thomas (Juliet) of Richmond, VT and her sisters Julia Mae Cameron of Shelburne, VT, Hazel Yencha and Zita Lackenbauer of CT, her sister-in-law June Thomas of Hardwick, VT, nieces, nephews and many friends.
At the age of three, Theresa suffered permanent loss of sight in her left eye; she graduated from Shelburne High School and entered the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph community in Winooski in June, 1948. She received her RN nursing education at Fanny Allen Hospital, at Boston College (her BSN), at Columbia University (her MSE), and at Nova University (her Ed. D.).
Sister St. Thomas served at various levels of nursing at Fanny Allen and DeGoesbriand Hospitals and Jeanne Mance School of Nursing in Burlington, Vermont. From 1969-2000, her teaching was focused on nursing education at Vermont College and Norwich University where she taught for 31 years. During these years, Sister resided with the Sisters of Mercy in Montpelier and Burlington. In June 2000, after a long and distinguished career, Dr. Thomas was awarded Emerita Professor of Nursing by Norwich University.
Throughout her active years, Sister St. Thomas participated in a variety of Associations including the Vermont representative to the International Council of Nursing, a National Accreditation visitor to schools of Nursing, and consultant to schools of Nursing in Maine, Minnesota, Oregon and Ireland. After her retirement, she continued to be involved in community services. In 2013, Sister moved to Our Lady of Providence to join her RHSJ community.
Visiting hours will be at LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main Street, Winooski on December 26, 1:00-3:00PM and at Our Lady of Providence on December 27, 9:00-10:30AM followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00AM. Interment will follow at the Sisters' cemetery on the Fanny Allen campus in Colchester. Condolences may be shared at www.lavignefuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Our Lady of Providence Residential Care Facility, 47 West Spring Street, Winooski, VT 05403 or a charity of choice.