NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Sister Cecile Mousseau SUSC (Sister Blanche Albert), died June 6 at Madonna Manor, North Attleboro, at the age of 89. Born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, on August 10, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Blanche (Gosselin) Mousseau. In addition to her Holy Union Sisters, she is survived by her brother Albert Mousseau of Lewiston, Idaho; and her niece, Jacqueline Lemonde; and nephew Donald Courbron. Her sister Elaine Courbron predeceased her.
Sister Cecile entered the Holy Union Sisters on September 21, 1952, and pronounced her final vows on July 26, 1961. In 2022, she celebrated her 70th anniversary as a Holy Union Sister.
Sister Cecile’s early education was at St. Joseph’s School in Attleboro. She graduated from St. John the Baptist Academy in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She earned a B.S. in education at Catholic Teachers’ College and did further study at Rhode Island College. She taught middle and junior high school classes in Holy Union Schools in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for over 25 years.
After leaving the classroom, Sister Cecile participated in a yearlong sabbatical at Mt. St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, Ohio. She then served as a pastoral minister to her Holy Union Sisters in their retirement communities. She also volunteered at Genesis School in Providence where, in addition to teaching ESL classes, she assisted refugee families from Southeast Asia in whatever needs presented themselves.
Her last ministry was visiting the Holy Union Sisters at Madonna Manor and teaching religious education classes at St. Cecilia Parish.
In 2019 Sister Cecile joined the Holy Union Community at Landmark (now Prosper Health) in Fall River. Recently declining health necessitated her move to Madonna Manor, where she was warmly welcomed by the staff who recalled her faithful visits there to the Holy Union Sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place on June 13 at St. Mark’s Church, with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, North Attleboro Mass.