Sister M. Beatrice Sosa, SAC

Sister M. Beatrice Sosa (Juanita), a member of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters, died June 22, 2008, at the age of 93 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington. Sister Sosa was born Feb. 5, 1915, in Bakers, Belize. She was one of eight children of the late Francisco and Angela (Duran) de Sosa. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Cesaria Sosa, Nestora Meskeda, Manuelita Sosa and Nasaria Trujeque and her brothers Manuel, Felipe and Donaciano. She is survived by many nephews and nieces, including Bertha Sosa de Alonzo of Orange Walk, Belize. Sister Sosa entered the Pallottine Missionary Sisters April 28, 1934, in Belize. She made her final vows as a Pallottine Missionary Sister May 10, 1943, in Belize. She spent her early years of religious life as a teacher in Belize, known at that time as British Honduras. In 1946, she came to Huntington and graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing. She returned to Belize from 1950 until 1956, during which time she was a district nurse in Benque Viejo. Sister Sosa returned to the U.S. in 1956 and was a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital. In 1963, she became a naturalized citizen and continued her ministry as a nurse in Richwood until 1978. From 1978 until 1982, she did social work in Logan. In 1982, she moved to Wheeling and worked as a nurse and receptionist at the Welty Home for the Aged. From 1988 until 2000, she worked in the refectory at St. Mary’s Convent. In 2000, she retired and lived at St. Mary’s infirmary. The Mass of Christian burial was celebrated by Jesuit Father Leigh Fuller June 25, 2008, in the chapel at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Burial followed in Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pallottine Missions in Belize through the Pallottine Missionary Sisters.