Sister M. Noella Departhy, RSM


CUMBERLAND – Mercy Sister M. Noella Departhy, 96, a retired educator, died March 30 at Mount St. Rita Health Centre.

Born in Valley Falls, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Amelia (Valcour) Departhy. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on September 8, 1934, and professed her vows on August 16, 1937.

Sister Departhy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a Master of Arts degree from the former Catholic Teachers College in Providence and a Master of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

In her 75 years as a Sister of Mercy, she was assigned to several elementary schools in the Diocese of Providence where she taught primary grades. Her first teaching assignment was the former Tyler School in Providence. She then went to St. Edward School in Pawtucket (now Woodlawn Catholic Regional School), Mercymount Country Day School in Cumberland, St. Peter School in Warwick, the former St. Mary School in Newport and the former St. Leo School in Pawtucket. In 1972 she was transferred to Mount St. Rita Health Centre, where she performed service for her religious community. She retired in 1985 and moved to an assisted living facility. After several years, she returned to Mount St Rita as a resident.

Sister Departhy is survived by a brother, Amadeus Departhy of Pawtucket. She was the sister of the late Allbina Raiche, Henry Departhy Jr., Louis Departhy, Anna Beauregard, Blanche Departhy, and Mary Departhy.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 4 in Mount St. Rita Health Centre Chapel. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland.