Early Sunday morning, November 20, 2011, after a prolonged illness, God called Sr. Cecile Marie Duarte, 84, to His eternal home. Sr. Cecile Marie (Genevieve Duarte) was born and raised in Honolulu, the third of six children of Manuel and Carrie Duarte. After high school, she entered the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts and in 2010 celebrated her Diamond Jubilee of Religious Profession.
Sister taught from elementary level through college, at Immaculate Conception School, Lihue, Kauai, St. Joseph Elementary School, Fairhaven , MA, St. John Baptist School, Kalihi, Sacred Hearts Academy, Fairhaven, MA, Sacred Hearts Academy, Honolulu, HI. taught Theology at Chaminade University, and served in campus ministry at the University of Hawaii Newman Center. She gave lessons in elementary music and band at St. Patrick School and at Immaculate Conception School, Lihue. She was organist at St. Augustine Church for many years. In1990, she was missioned to Japan and upon her return to Hawaii, Sister became a qualified Kumon instructor. In 2010, she completed a children’s book entitled Turtles and More Turtles, Endangered Species and was awarded a Diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature.
Sister Cecile Marie is survived by older brothers, Felix Duarte and Raymond Duarte, by younger sisters, Rosemarie Duarte and Lilly King (Lillian Duarte), sister-in-law Lucille Duarte (Benjamin-deceased), several nephews, nieces, grand nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Sacred Hearts Academy Chapel. Visitation at 9:00 a.m. Eulogy at 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Hawaiian Memorial Park at 1:00 p.m. Aloha attire.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts Retirement Fund.