Sister Teresita Poulin, BVM died Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Caritas Center, Dubuque, Iowa.
Visitation will be from 9–10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in the Marian Hall Chapel. Sharing of Memories will be at 10:15 a.m., followed immediately by the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial is in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Sister Teresita was born on June 28, 1931, in Heath, Mass., to Wilfred and Amy Lively Poulin. She entered the BVM congregation Sept. 8, 1949, from St. Leo the Great Parish in San José, Calif.
She was the founder and first director of the Roberta Kuhn Center at Mount Carmel in Dubuque, Iowa, and served the congregation as the elementary education commissioner and a regional representative. She directed the Bishop Helmsing Early Childhood Center in Kansas City, Mo., and worked for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa as the director of the Family Support Center and the Children’s Center, both in Santa Rosa, Calif. Also in Santa Rosa, she managed the Vigil Lights Apartments, an elderly housing project, and created and managed the Housing for Homeless mobile home project. In addition, she was an elementary teacher at St. Thomas in Memphis, Tenn.; St. Philip in Pasadena, Calif.; and Our Lady of Lourdes in Tujunga, Calif.; and superior and principal at Holy Redeemer in Montrose, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Levi and Ronald, and sister Claudia Hanney. She is survived by sisters Davina Gaumont, Susanville, Calif.; and Mabel (Phillip) Trifilo, Gilroy, Calif.; nieces; nephews; and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 69 years.
Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or make an online gift.