Sister Alice Loretta Hyde, CSJ
Sister Alice Loretta Hyde, CSJ, the former Ann Kathryn Hyde, 74, died Friday, March 31, at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, after a brief illness. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 56 years.
Sister Alice was born March 1, 1932 in Rome, NY, daughter of the late Martin and Alice Redmond Hyde. After graduating from St. Aloysius Academy, Rome, in 1949, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy, NY, in 1950. Sister Alice received a bachelor’s degree in education from The College of Saint Rose and a master’s degree in reading from SUNY/Albany and was permanently certified in elementary education, reading and special education. In addition, Sister Alice participated in and completed numerous programs on health care, ethics and gerontology. For over 30 years, Sister Alice taught in elementary schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. In addition, she taught reading to special-education students at the CarondeletEducationalCenter, Latham, and served as director of the remedial program at the center. For eleven years, Sister Alice was associate director and then director of the A-Wing Community (retired and infirm sisters) at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. At the time of her death, Sister Alice was sacristan and co-coordinator of transportation at the Provincial House.
Sister Alice Loretta was blessed with many God-given gifts and talents which she shared generously and tirelessly over the years. To elementary students, she brought an integrated vision of faith, learning and living. To special-education students, she brought a sense of hope and wholeness in the presence of disability. To aging and infirm Sisters of St. Joseph, she brought a ministry of accompaniment at the deepest level as she helped to prepare so many for life beyond death. Based on the strength of her relationship with God, family and community, Sister Alice met the demands of many roles with dedication, diligence and grace.
Sister Alice Loretta is survived by her beloved sister, Sister Jean Martin Hyde, CSJ, of Latham; her sister-in-law, Cecilia Hyde of Utica; her nephew, Kevin Hyde, also of Utica; her niece, Maureen Zumpano of Whitesboro; several cousins, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Sister Alice was predeceased by her dearly loved parents, brothers, James and John, and many wonderful friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Alice Loretta’s funeral Liturgy was held April 4 from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds.
Contributions in Sister Alice Loretta’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY12110.