Sister Eileen Gamache, CSJ 1928-2013

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet | Eileen Gamache | Obituary

January 31, 1928 – February 22, 2013

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Eileen Gamache (S. Claude Elaine) who passed away on Feb. 22 of pneumonia at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis. She was 85 years old.

S. Eileen was born to parents Claude Sylvester and Edna May (Reilly) Gamache on January 31, 1928, in St. Louis. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on September 15, 1945, and made her final profession on August 15, 1951. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Fontbonne College (now Fontbonne University) in 1957 and a master’s in physical science from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 1966.

S. Eileen spent her 51 years of ministry as an educator and caretaker to the elderly. He work began in March of 1948 teaching mathematics at St. Joseph’s Academy in Green Bay, Wis. She moved back to the St. Louis area just a few months later and taught fifth grade at Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School in University City. For the next few years she went on to teach at St. Patrick Grade School, Sedalia, Mo., (1949); Natvity of Our Lord Grade School, St. Louis (1949-1952); and St. Gregory Grade School, St. Ann, Mo., (1952-1954).

In 1954, she took time away from teaching to go back to school. She studied pharmacy at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., for a couple of years and then spent a year at Fontbonne College.

S. Eileen returned to the classroom and St. Joseph’s Academy in Green Bay in 1957. She taught there for the next nine years before moving on to Reicher High School, Waco, Texas (1966-1969); St. Francis de Sales High School, Denver, Colo., (1969-1972); St. Teresa’s Academy, Kansas City (1972-1974); and St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Louis (1975-1976).

In 1976, she decided to switch gears once again and attended at St. Louis University for a year. S. Eileen then began her years of ministry to the sick and elderly in the Houghton/Hancock area in Michigan where she remained until 1982.

She came back to her hometown area once again to pursue studies in clinical pastoral education at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood. In 1983, S. Eileen began her 13 years of ministering in community service at Nazareth Living Center. She left NLC in 1996 to be a driver for the St. Louis province’s Office of Aging, before returning there to spend her last two years of service in CSJ Care – Home Service and as a volunteer. S. Eileen retired to NLC in 1999.

S. Eileen donated her body to science. A Memorial Mass was held Feb. 28 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111. Donate online.

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