Sister Marguerite Blais (Sister Monica of Jesus) died Sept. 12 at the age of 87, after 66 years of profession as a Daughter of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

She was born on June 30, 1933, in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

She made her religious profession on July 19, 1954, in Colebrook, New Hampshire.

She entered the health care profession, studying to become a nurse at Fanny Allen Hospital in Colchester and the de Goësbriand Hospital in Burlington.

In active ministry, Sister Blais served the elderly in nursing homes — 14 years at Loretto Home in Rutland and 12 years at St Joseph’s Home in Burlington.

In 1986 Sister Blais joined the staff at the Spine Institute of New England in Williston where she served for 20 years as a medical office assistant. In 2005, she was missioned to serve the retired Sisters at Mount Sacred Heart in Littleton, New Hampshire.

She volunteered at Littleton Regional Healthcare.

She was predeceased by her father, Emile Blais of Sherbrooke, Quebec; her mother, Irene Blais (Bonin) of Sherbrooke, Quebec; her sister, Sister Helene Blais, a Missionary Sister of Our Lady of Africa; and brothers Paul Andre and Robert Blais, of Sherbrooke, Quebec. She is survived by her sister Suzanne Bonin of Montreal; Charlotte Parisian of Cornwall, Ontario; and a sister-in-law, Yolande Blais of Sherbrooke, Quebec; along with several nieces and nephews.

A visiting hour will be on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church, 77 Clay St., Littleton, New Hampshire. Interment will take place at a later date, at St. Mary Cemetery in Newport, Vermont.

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