Sister Camille Marie Simoneaux, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph for 71 years, passed away at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center in New Orleans, La. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at the age of 88.
Sister Camille was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, one of two children of the late Louis Paul and Emily Faucheux Simoneaux. Baptized Dorothy Mary, Sister Camille is survived by nieces and nephews: Dorothy “Dottie” Monistere, Linda Thibodeaux, Russell “Rusty” and Louis “Doody” Simoneaux. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Louis Paul, Jr., her sister-in-law Beverly Simoneaux and her niece Patricia Campbell.
Sister Camille graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge in 1946, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans that year and professed perpetual vows in 1950.
Sister Camille attended Loyola University, received a B.S. in Education in 1960 and took graduate courses at Xavier University in New Orleans in 1961-62. Sister Camille began teaching in New Orleans in 1948 at St. Ann and St. Rose de Lima parochial schools. She then taught and served as principal at Our Lady of the Rosary and at St. Pius X schools. To prepare for missionary work in Panama, Sister Camille studied Spanish at Cuernavaca, Mexico in 1964 and served in Santiago de Veraguas, Panama until 1970. On her return to the U.S. Sister Camille taught at Sacred Heart School in Morgan City, La. and St. Rita School in Harahan, La. After working a year in the Provincial Finance Office in New Orleans, Sister ministered at Loyola University New Orleans, particularly in the College of Business, until 1993. In 1991 Loyola honored Sister Camille by bestowing on her the Coajutor Optimus Award.
From 1993 to 1999 Sister Camille served as business manager at St. Raphael School n New Orleans. She retired in 1999 at the Sisters’ convent in New Orleans and moved to Baton Rouge and Wichita, Ks. after Hurricane Katrina. She spent her last two years at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center in New Orleans.
A funeral mass will be offered on Saturday, September 2, at 11 :00 am at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in New Orleans. Visitation will begin at 10 :00am. Interment will be in St. Louis No. 3.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph at 3134 Hundred Oaks Avenue, Baton Rouge, La. 70808. JACOB SCHOEN & SON in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenfh