FALL RIVER, Mass. — Sister Marie Jeanne Beauregard, O.P., of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, died Monday, May 18 in Fall River. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of the late Romeo and Marie Jeanne (Rivard) Beauregard, she was born Feb. 20, 1929 in St. Liboire, Quebec, Canada.
Sister Marie Jeanne entered the Novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Fall River on Jan. 6, 1949, made her First Profession Aug. 30, 1950, and Final Profession Aug. 30, 1953.
Sister Marie Jeanne’s first ministry was farm maintenance at St. Rose Convent in Acushnet, as well as caretaker of St. Joseph’s Grotto on the grounds of the convent (1952-59).
She then moved to Plattsburgh, N.Y., where she was sacristan at St. Peter’s Church, as well as a driver for the Sisters and in charge of maintenance at St. Dominic’s Convent.
Sister Marie Jeanne returned to Massachusetts in 1969, where she provided support services for the Sisters at St. Catherine’s Convent on Park Street in Fall River. She also supervised the cleaning of Dominican Academy and worked in the academy cafeteria until the school closed.
She also did sewing and professional alterations, was infirmary assistant, sacristan and an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion from 1995 until the convent closed in 2002. While living on Park Street Sister Marie Jeanne was involved in many fund-raisers: bingo, the annual yard sale, the “Festival of Joy” and, for 13 years, the craft shows at Durfee High School.
In 2002 she was one of seven Dominican Sisters to move to the Landmark Independent and Assisted Living facility in Fall River where she continued to provide transportation for the Sisters, did sewing and alterations for school cafeteria workers and many other customers, was sacristan and an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at the chapel there, and visited the Sisters who moved from Landmark to nursing facilities, seeing to all their needs.
In her spare time Sister Marie Jeanne enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, word search and Sudoku.
Sister is survived by her Dominican Sisters of Hope. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Antonio and her sisters Jeannine Lemay, Therese Tremblay, Noella and Marie-Paule Beauregard. She is survived by siblings Germain, Paul, Eglantine, Andre, and Helene.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Boule Funeral Home and burial was in Notre Dame Cemetery.