MANCHESTER, NH — Religious of Jesus and Mary Sister Julia Viola Forcier, 96, died March 4 after a long illness. She was formerly known as Mother Cleophas.
She was born in West Warwick, the daughter of the late Zenon and Albina (Rouselle) Forcier.
Sister Forcier entered the Religious of Jesus and Mary in 1936 in Sillery, Quebec, Canada, where she pronounced her vows on Aug. 24, 1938. She was educated by the Religious of Jesus and Mary at the former St. Clair High School, Woonsocket and received a bachelor of science degree from the former Catholic Teachers College, Providence.
She ministered as a teacher, religious community treasurer and local superior in Providence and Woonsocket, and Massachusetts, Maryland and New Hampshire.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 10 in Holy Cross Chapel of Villa Augustina, Goffstown, N.H. Burial will be in the spring in Villa Augustina Cemetery.