Holy Child Sister Lorraine DeViller died May 24.

She was a lifelong educator who enjoyed teaching at the elementary school level. Reverend Michael Olivere, who worked with Sister Lorraine at Saint Edward School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, recalled her as a “dedicated and excellent teacher, always a team player. She always had a smile on her face and was a pleasure to work with."

She was born Oct. 18, 1928, in Melrose, Massachusetts, to Jerome and Rose Thibeau DeViller. Sister Lorraine spent her first 12 years of schooling at St. Mary School, where she was taught by the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus. Immediately after high school, she entered the Society of the Holy Child Jesus. She made her final vows in 1954 and became well known by her religious name Mother Mary Donald.

Sister Lorraine received a bachelor’s degree in education from Villanova University in 1956.

During her four decades as a teacher, Sister Lorraine taught at schools in Philadelphia, Waukegan, Illinois, New York City and in Portland at St. Charles School (1956-1964), St. Rose School (1964-1971), and Holy Child Academy (1971-1973).

When Sister Lorraine was not in the classroom, she served the retired and aging Holy Child Sisters in Rye, New York, or Rosemont, Pennsylvania. Eventually, she moved to Holy Child Center in Rosemont, where she lived her remaining years. One of the nurses at Holy Child Center shared that her hopeful spirit lasted until her final days. "In spite of her illness, Sister Lorraine's patience prevailed. She spoke to the staff with great encouragement, sometimes even rhyming. Her deep love of God was notable."

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Donald Boudreau; Marjorie Pothier, Warren Boudreau, Bernice Fitzgerald; Andrew DeViller, and Wilma Whiting.

She is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Society of the Holy Child Jesus – American Province, 1341 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont, PA 19010, or donate online at shcj.org/american/donate.