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Sr. Rachel Labonville

Obituary for Sr. Rachel Labonville

March 26, 1943 - September 5, 2019
Manchester, New Hampshire | Age 76


Sr. Rachel Labonville, CSC (Sr. Mary Lydia of the Sacred Heart), 76, of the Sisters of Holy Cross in Manchester, died September 5, 2019 after a period of declining health..

She was born in Manchester on March 26, 1943 to William and Lydia (Labonville) Gryseels. After the death of her mother, she was adopted by her grandparents, George and Eva (Beausoleil) Labonville. She had two brothers, William and Larry Gryseels.

Sr. Rachel entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Holy Cross in 1961 and pronounced her final vows in 1968, serving the Congregation for 58 years. She earned a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame College and a master's degree from Boston University.

She taught in St. Albans, VT and in New Hampshire at Newmarket, Manchester, Nashua and Jaffrey. She later became Director of Religious Education in Keene and in Massachusetts at Peabody and Lakeville.

Sr. Rachel loved life. For years she had a frame which read "Take Time". Truly her life was all about taking time to think. It's the source of power. Take time to play, read, be friendly, laugh and do charity. Take time to give, because it's too short a day to be selfish, time to love and be loved because it is a God given privilege.

She always had a beautiful smile and will be missed. May her energy light our way for a little while longer.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 in the chapel at St. George Manor, 357 Island Pond Rd., Manchester.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Sisters of Holy Cross Development Fund" and sent to Sisters of Holy Cross, 365 Island Pond Rd., Manchester, NH 03109.

Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Manchester assisted with arrangements.

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    Sisters of Holy Cross
    365 Island Pond Rd.
    Manchester, NH 03109

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Manchester, NH 03104
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