Sister Anita (Stella) Dube, CSJ

WATERVILLE – Sr. Stella Dube, CSJ, died on May 11, 2024, at Mount Joseph, Waterville. She was 87 years old and in her 66th year as a Sister of St. Joseph of Lyon.

She was born Oct. 28, 1936, in Chisholm, the first daughter of Lucien and Juliette (Bellemore) Dube. She joined the Sisters of Saint Joseph in February 1956 and made her first profession in 1958.

She received her elementary education from the Sisters of Saint Joseph at St. Rose of Lima School, Jay, and Sacred Heart Academy, Jackman. She received a BS degree from St. Joseph College, Standish, and afterward took many ongoing education and enrichment programs, including becoming a certified nursing assistant later in life.

Sr. Stella was known and deeply appreciated as a caring and attentive teacher with a heart and the patience for the students who had the most difficulty. She taught at Holy Family School, Lewiston; St. Michael School, South Berwick; Sacred Heart School, Auburn; and St. John School, Winslow. She then worked as a Nurse’s Assistant and later a cook at Fontbonne Community, Mount St. Joseph Holistic Care Center, Waterville where she shared her love and tenderness with residents and staff alike.

She was predeceased by her brothers Gerard, Lionel, Willie, Charles, and Andre, and her sisters Vivian Gagnon, Mary Ann, and Mary Jane Edmunds. She is survived by her brother John Dube (Gail) of Jay and her sisters Julienne Shaw (Fred) of Tionesta, Pa.; Claire Edmunds (Arthur) of Philips; Elaine Smith (Maurice) of Detroit; Stella Paquette (Steve) of Wilton; and many nephews and nieces and their children.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph wish to express their deep gratitude to the staff and residents of Mount Joseph at Waterville for their loving care and friendship over the years, as well as to Beacon Hospice for their service in her final days.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated May 21, at 10 a.m., at Notre Dame Church, 112 Silver Street, Waterville. Visitation will be at Notre Dame one hour prior to the Mass. The burial will take place at St. Francis Cemetery, Grove Street, in Waterville immediately after the Mass. A reception will follow at Notre Dame Parish Hall.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for the missions of the Sisters may be made to the Sisters of Saint Joseph, 80 Garland, Road, Winslow ME 04901.

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