Sr. Bernadette Daigle, 103
Sister Bernadette Daigle, age 103, died April 18 in Wichita, Kan., at Marian Hall, residence of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
After attending high school in Port Allen, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans in 1934.
She professed first vows in 1936 and began teaching elementary school at Our Lady of the Rosary in New Orleans (1936-38) followed by St. Joseph’s Academy (1938-46) and Sacred Heart School (1946-48) in Baton Rouge. She moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and became floor supervisor for 28 years at the Fontbonne Home, a residence for working women in downtown Cincinnati.
In 1976 she moved back to New Orleans to serve as receptionist for the large convent on Mirabeau Avenue until it was flooded in 2005 in Hurricane Katrina. Unable to return to the New Orleans convent, Sister Bernadette retired and lived in Baton Rouge for two years before moving to Wichita.
She is survived by seven nieces and three nephews.
Wake services and a Mass of Christian Burial were held on April 20 at Mount St. Mary Convent Chapel in Wichita, Kansas. Burial followed in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery on the convent grounds.
Donations in Sister Bernadette’s memory may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph at 4664 Jamestown Ave., Suite 125, Baton Rouge LA 70808.