Obituary for Alice Durand Rhsj
Winooski - Sister Alice Durand, Religious Hospitaller of St. Joseph, went to her eternal resting place on December 30, 2017 at Our Lady of Providence Residential Care Facility in Winooski, Vermont.
She was born in Coventry, Vermont on February 4, 1920 to Joseph A. Durand and Alouisia (Marcotte) Durand who predeceased her as well as her brother Armand and three sisters Cecile, Jeannette Lepus and Theresa Garceau. Besides her sisters in religion she is survived by several nieces, nephews and grand nephews and nieces.
She received her basic education in Manchester, N.H. and entered the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph at the Fanny Allen convent in 1940. She fulfilled several community assignments at St. Joseph's Home for the Aged, Fanny Allen Hospital and the Bishop de Goesbriand Hospital until 1968 at which time she was assigned as Director of Housekeeping at the Fanny Allen Hospital until 1982.
Conscious of the importance of environmental services, and in preparation for the opening of the new hospital in 1968, she pursued ongoing education/training from the Executive Housekeepers Association and received credentials as Executive Housekeeper, a position she held with high standards with her staff, earning her many kudos from accrediting agencies, staff, patients and visitors.
At the time of her retirement from this position in 1982, she upheld and promoted high standards of cleanliness resulting in the Fanny Allen Hospital being recognized as one of the cleanest hospitals in the country a reputation she earned and enjoyed through her retirement years. The Medical Staff expressed their appreciation for establishing norms maintaining an aesthetic environment, developing procedures for infection control thereby enhancing quality patient care. Her "white glove" unannounced rounds of all areas were anticipated with bated breath, humor and recognition that "you don't cut corners." Due to declining health, she left this position grateful to all who supported her in these untiring efforts to maintain established accreditation standards without recommendation for correction.
On February 4, 2004, Sister Alice along with ten other Sisters from the Fanny Allen convent, moved to Our Lady Providence, a residential care facility, joining the Sisters of Providence, the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa, as well as lay men and women.
Her retirement years were punctuated with frequent visits from faithful friends who enjoyed her company, keen sense of humor, sharp memory and storytelling about her own life experiences which amply compensated for her diminished vision and hearing.
Visiting hours for family, friends and colleagues will be on January 2, 2:00-4:00 PM with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM and on January 3, 9:30-10:30 AM at Our Lady of Providence, Winooski, VT followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in the Spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Colchester Food Shelf, 245 Main.Street, Colchester, VT 05446.