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Sister Hortense D. Amaral, 87, Sister of Saint Dorothy

Her calling hours are today and her funeral is Friday from the Perry-McStay Funeral Home in East Providence.

Sister Hortense Amaral. Credit: Perry-McStay Funeral Home
Sister Hortense Amaral. Credit: Perry-McStay Funeral Home
Sister Hortense D. Amaral, a Sister of Saint Dorothy, passed away on Monday Dec. 2, 2013, at Grace Barker Nursing Home, Warren. She was 87.

Born in East Providence, she was a daughter of the late Antonio Amaral and Hortencia (George) Pereira. She entered the Sisters of Saint Dorothy on February 19, 1944 and professed her final vows on September 8, 1954.

Sister Hortense was a teacher, principlal and religious education coordinator. She had assignments in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Michigan and New York. Sister also served at Saint Elizabeth’s Parish in Bristol in several different parish ministries.

In addition to her religious community, she leaves one sister, Sylvia Traverse of Somerset and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Mary, Angelina, Anthony, Joseph, Manuel, George, August, James, John and William.

Her funeral will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:45 am from the Perry-McStay Funeral Home, 2555 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 am in Saint Elizabeth’s Church, Wood Street, Bristol. Burial will be in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Bristol.

Calling hours are today from 3-6 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Dorothean Philippine Mission, 13 Monkey Wrench Lane, Bristol, RI 02809.

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