Sister Bertha Cormier (1933—2018)

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Sister Bertha Cormier, formerly known as Sister St. Rita-Marie, died at St. Joseph Convent on April 1, 2018, at the age of 84. Sister Bertha was born in Van Buren, ME, on September 7, 1933, to Joseph Cormier and Leona Cyr Cormier. Sister was the twelfth child in a family of thirteen children. She received her elementary education at Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel School in Lille, ME, and at Lincoln School in Grand Isle. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Van Buren, ME.

On September 5, 1953, Sister Bertha entered the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Bay View, Saco, ME. She studied one year at the Good Shepherd Scholasticate in Quebec. She earned her B.A. degree in Education from St. Joseph College, North Windham, ME. For twenty years, she taught elementary classes in the parochial schools of Biddeford, ME, Lawrence, MA, and Donaldson, Tennessee. She also taught in the public schools of Van Buren and Grand Isle in Northern Maine.

When she retired from teaching, she became school librarian and community bookkeeper. She also served as hostess at Bay View Villa where her friendly reception of guests was greatly appreciated. In 2008, Sister Bertha was assigned to St. Joseph Convent in Biddeford.

She is survived by one sister, Lucille Parent of Lille, ME, and many nieces and nephews.

The visiting hours will be at St. Joseph Convent, 409 Pool Street, Biddeford, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Joseph Convent on Thursday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m.; the burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Biddeford, ME. Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel. To share condolences online, please visit

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