Sister Claire Lepage, CSJ\r\nJune 14, 1941 - July 23, 2019\r\n\r\nWaterville - Sister Claire Lepage, CSJ, 78, died July 23, 2019 at Mount St. Joseph in Waterville. She was born June 14, 1941, in Lewiston, the daughter on Arthur and Paula (Banville) Lepage. \r\nShe attended St. Louis School Auburn, Holy Family School in Lewiston, and Lewiston High School, where she graduated. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Lyon in 1959 and took her final vows in 1967.\r\nShe continued her education at St. Joseph's College in Standish, Me, where she got a BA degree in math and science; and pursued graduate studies in math at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.\r\nAs a teacher, she served at Sacred Heart School in Auburn; Holy Family School and St. Dominic School in Lewiston.\r\nIn 1970 she missioned to Rio Grande de Norte, diocese of Mossoro, Brazil, where she served in city and rural areas until 1997. To that end, she attended the Latin American Institute in Washington, D.C, the Maryknoll Mission Institute, Maryknoll NY; the Marist Mission Institute in Dayton, OH.\r\nIn Brazil, Sr. Claire worked in Pastoral Ministry and served in different capacities: she was coordinator of Women Religious; was Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator; was Diocesan coordinator of Grassroots Christian Communities; was Bible Resource Person for the Regional Conference of Religious.\r\nWhen she returned to the United States, she continued her community involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn area. She was facilitator of the Ecumenical Bible Formation; served on the Religious Orders Partnership Council; was a member of the Interventive Justice and Peace committee; was an Androscoggin Hospice volunteer. She also served as vocation coordinator and as the Province International Justice and Peace Coordinator.\r\nServing the most needy was a priority for Sr. Claire. For health reasons, she joined Fontbonne Community at Mount St. Joseph, Waterville in 2013.\r\nShe is survived by her sister, Louise and several nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Paul.\r\nThe Sisters of St. Joseph wish to extend their appreciation to the staff of Mount St. Joseph for the care, love, patience, compassion, and kindness shown to Sr. Claire.\r\nAn hour of visitation will take place starting at 9 AM on Thursday July 25, 2019. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on July 25 at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville. Committal prayers and burial will be at 3 PM on July 25 in the St. Peters and Paul Cemetery, 217 Switzerland Road, Lewiston. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook can be signed, condolences and memories shared at www.gallantfh.com.\r\nIn Lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministry. 80 Garland Road, Winslow, ME 04901.