Celebrating the Life of Sister Carole Mooney
Sister Carole Mooney, (Sister Joseph Michael), a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, CT, died on Dec. 4, 2020, at Jefferson House in Newington.
Born in Manchester, CT, on July 25, 1939, of the late Michael Francis Mooney and Alice E. Griffin Mooney, Sister Carole entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Aug. 31, 1962 and celebrated her Final Profession of Vows on Aug. 15, 1970.
Sister Carole was 81 years of age and in her 58th year of Religious Life.
Sister Carole earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Diocesan Sisters College, West Hartford, CT, and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Connecticut University, New Haven, CT.
During her many years of teaching in elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Sister Carole created a unique puppetry ministry that eventually turned into a Channel 8 TV children's program, "A New Day," airing from 1972 to 1982. Featured in a number of CT newspaper articles and TV interviews, Sister Carole heightened theuse of puppets as an integral part of learning for children of all ages.
Formally retiring from classroom teaching, Sister Carole channeled her puppet ministry in a new direction as she tailored her repertoire to address the needs of sick or dying children. Hired by Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, and later in skilled healthcare facilities, including Jefferson House, she enlarged her family of puppet 'kids' to include all ethnic persuasions.
Before going to a bedside, Sister specifically crafted her visit for each child's needs. While language might have been a barrier to communication, Sister invited hospital staff to interpret and become a bedside special visitor with her. Sister Carole's understanding of children and her cheerful disposition contributed to the parents' appreciation that someone could help their child laugh and forget, for a few moments, the trying circumstances in the face of illness or impending death.
Sister Carole's special gift was her ability to give joy and laughter to children and their parents and to all whom she came in contact. Her smile and vibrant spirit will always be remembered by her Sisters, family and friends.
In addition to her Sisters in Community, Sister Carole is survived by her sister, Sister Joan Francis Mooney, CSJ, her nephew, John Bycenski, and her nieces, Betty Charter, Linda Gowdy, and Joan Vallier. Sister is predeceased by her sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice Corinne (John) Bycenski, and Ann Shirley (John) Kleinschmidth.
The Sisters of St. Joseph thank St. Francis Hospital Oncology Department, Palliative Care Nurses and staff, and the Jefferson House staff for their attentive and compassionate care provided to Sister Carole, especially in her last illness.