Sister Doris

July 31, 1928 ~ March 25, 2022

Born in: Syracuse, New York
Resided in: Los Angeles, California

Sister Doris Villeneuve, C.S.J. age 93, passed away on Friday March 25, 2022 at St. John of God Retirement in Los Angeles, California. Born July 31, 1928 in Syracuse, New York, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet since March 19, 1947. Sister Doris, one of four children, always remained close to and connected with her family.

In 1964, Doris received a degree in math and physics from St Rose College in Albany. When her family moved to California in 1978, Doris transferred to the Los Angeles Province where she taught at St Bernard’s and St Mary’s Academy. She was a woman dedicated to the Congregation and adjusted easily to transferring to the Los Angeles Province after 29 years of teaching in New York. She made lasting friendships and was always ready to help in any way possible. She took great delight in teaching people to pronounce her last name correctly (Vil-Nev).

She is survived by her sister-in-law Marianne Villeneuve and many nieces and nephews of the Burke, Junod and Villeneuve families.

A Service of Remembrance will be held May 11 on ZOOM at 2 PM and Interment will be May 10 at 10 AM at Holy Cross Cemetery. If you wish to receive the link to the ZOOM please email sharon@csjla.org <mailto:sharon@csjla.org> .

Donations in memory of Sister Doris Villeneuve may be sent to: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 11999 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

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  1. My Great Aunt Doris was an incredible woman. She represented the Catholic Church with decades or service, dedication and love. She represented herself in the community and in our family with the the same dedication and love. My Aunt Doris looked over me/babysat me quite a few times when my Single Dad needed to work and needed someone to watch me. I always had great times with her, whether it was following her around the convent while she cleaned up, or at the schools she taught at and finished up her teaching work. I remember getting excited to hang out with Aunt Doris at the schools because she let me play Oregon Trail on the computers, before I had the luxury of having one at home. Aunt Doris had the “patience of a nun” literally and figuratively to have been able to tolerate me, but she did so with ease and a gentle touch.

    As any of my cousins, of which there are a multitude in our Catholic family, I always received a perfectly crisp, freshly printed Five Dollar Bill on my birthday every year. As the years went on, the family joked that there was a money printing press in the basement of the Convent because the fresh 5 dollar bills Aunt Doris produced would have put the Denver and Philadelphia Mints to shame. Even though we knew the birthday cards were from Aunt Doris because of the return address on the outside of the card, we were absolutely certain when we saw the ink portrait of Abraham Lincoln in reverse on the inside of the card.

    She was a wonderful woman, and she remains one even today, after her passing. Each of us that knew Sister Doris Villeneuve carries a bit of her with us. Her love, compassion, intelligence and peace lives on in all of us that knew her. People like my Aunt Doris are rare and unique, and seldom does a person grace this planet and leave a positive impact on every individual they encounter. Sister Doris Villeneuve was one of those people, and the world is a better place because she lived 93 years in it.

    I love you Aunt Doris, sleep sweetly, rest well.

    Your Great Nephew,

    Chad Burke

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