Sister Claire Labbee, CSJ

Sister Claire LabbeeYour prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Sister Claire Labbee, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon, who died peacefully on January 20, 2023, after a brief illness.

Sister Claire was a Maine native, born in Jay in 1934 to Donat and Emelda Samson Labbee. She attended St. Rose of Lima School in Jay and the Academy of St. Joseph in South Berwick, then earned a BA in math and science from LaMennais College in Alfred and a master's degree in education from Boston College.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon in 1953, making first vows in 1955.

Sister Claire taught at Holy Family School in Lewiston, Sacred Heart School in Auburn, the Academy of St. Joseph in South Berwick, and Mount Merici School in Waterville. She then served as religious education coordinator at St. Louis Parish in Auburn.

In 1977, she became provincial superior for the Maine province serving in this post for 10 years. She would later serve on the provincial team in the 1990s and again in the 2000s. Her next career was in pastoral care, first at St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston and then at Mount St. Joseph in Waterville, where she founded the Misson and Pastoral Care Department. Sister Claire also served on diocesan boards and committees.

Sister Claire is fondly remembered by all who knew her. She was kind, patient, a good listener, and cared for all those who crossed her path. Committed to the Church and her community, she engaged fully in whatever was asked of her.

Please kept in your prayers as well those she leaves behind, family, friends, and most especially the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon.


Wake:  Wednesday, January 25, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Notre Dame Church, Silver Street in Waterville
Funeral:  Wednesday, January 25, 10:00 a.m. at Notre Dame Church in Waterville

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen!