Sister Valerie Gros, O. Carm. Returns to God. Sister Valerie Gros, O. Carm., a Sister of Mount Carmel, died April 7, 2022 at Lafon Nursing Facility, New Orleans, LA. She was 84 years old and in the 63rd year of her religious profession.
Sister Valerie, born Arline Marie Gros, on Nov. 26, 1937, the first of eight children born to the late Percy John Gros of Choupic, LA and Eula Mae Chiasson of Thibodaux, LA. She entered the Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Sept. 2, 1956 and received the habit of the Sisters of Mount Carmel on Aug. 5, 1959. Sister Valerie celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2019. Sister attended Mount Carmel Elementary and Mount Carmel High, Thibodaux, LA. She received a bachelors degree in Education from Dominican College, New Orleans, LA and a master’s degree in Education from San Carlos University, Cebu City, Philippines.
Sister Valerie began teaching in 1961 at St. Dominic, New Orleans, LA. She also taught at St. Joseph Elementary and Rayne Catholic Elementary, Rayne, LA, St. Euphrasia Elementary, Granada Hills, CA, Mount Carmel Elementary, Abbeville, LA, St. Columban’s Academy, Cauayan, Philippines, and Cathedral High, Dumaguete City, Philippines where she was principal. Sister also ministered as spiritual director at the Alpha Omega Institute, counselor at the Bonnabel Lodge, and part-time teacher at Hope House. Before retiring in 2014 Sister Valerie was Directress of Well Community Ministry since 2002.
Sister Valerie is survived by two sisters; Noella Landreneau of Thibodaux, LA and Linda Links of Huber Heights, OH and five brothers; Percy Gros of Fairborn, OH, and Louis L. Gros, Sr., Tommy R. Gros, Harley Gros, and Leo Gros of Thibodaux, LA.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home Chapel, 3827 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119, on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. Family viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m. Visitation will be from at 10-11 a.m. with Liturgy beginning at 11 a.m. followed by interment in St. Louis No. 3 Cemetery. To view the service via livestream and to sign the virtual guestbook, please visit schoenfh.com.
Donations in memory of Sister Valerie can be made to the Sisters of Mount Carmel retirement fund.