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WINDHAM — Sr. Claudette Huot, DHS (89), a member of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit, died March 7, 2023, at St. Joseph Living Center in Windham.
Born Marie Pauline Claudette Huot Jan. 3, 1934, in Waterbury, she was the only child of Roger and Hélène (Vaillancourt) Huot.  She entered religious life at Holy Spirit Provincial House in September, 1951, in Putnam and made her religious profession on Aug. 18, 1953, there.  She was then known as Sr. Hélène Roger.
She held a bachelor’s in education from Diocesan Sisters’ College in Putnam and a master’s in business education from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  In 1956 Sr. Claudette was one of 7 sisters who opened St. Bernard High School for girls in New London within the newly formed Diocese of Norwich.  In 1966 she was assigned to Holy Ghost Academy in Tupper Lake, N.Y., a small co-ed high school.  When that school closed its doors in June of 1967 She returned to St. Bernard’s, which was then co-ed. Sr. Claudette served there until 1976 at which time she took a nursing course in Waterbury and went to work at St. Mary Hospital as a dialysis nurse for the next eight years.  In 1985 she went to work as a staff nurse at Roncalli Woodland Rest Home until 1998 when she then became a staff nurse in doctors’ offices at Family Care under the umbrella of Waterbury Hospital.  In 2002 Sr. Claudette was appointed Provincial Secretary and served in that capacity until 2018.   She joined the community at St. Joseph Living Center in 2020.
She leaves the Daughters of the Holy Spirit spiritual family – her Sisters in community, the Consecrated Seculars and the Associates; cousins in Virginia and Connecticut as well as in Canada. The Mass of Christian Burial was March 11 in St. Mary Cemetery in Putnam. Donations: DHS Retirement Fund, P.O. Box 497, Putnam, CT 06260. Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam.


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