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Sister Solange Marcoux sits by the flowers, gifts and a citation from Gov. Maggie Hassan that she received in honor of her 100th birthday on May 18. Sister Solange celebrated her birthday with family and friends at the St. Joseph Residence in Manchester, where she is a resident. (Courtesy)

Former Manchester teacher and principal celebrates 100th birthday


MANCHESTER — Sister Solange Marcoux, of the Presentation of Mary Order, turned 100 on May 18 and celebrated her milestone birthday that weekend with many family and friends.

Sister Solange grew up in Rhode Island with her 10 siblings. She knew she wanted to enter a religious order, and with the guidance of her pastor and prayer, she entered the Presentation of Mary Order of Sisters in Woonsocket, R.I.

She eventually moved to Hudson in New Hampshire, where she became a teacher, first to elementary school-age children. She gradually started teaching older students, up to high school, as her career progressed. She became a principal at St. Marie School in Manchester and says she enjoyed it as much as teaching.

Sister Solange told the staff of St. Joseph Residence, where she now resides, that her 50 years of teaching and 70-plus years as a nun have been fulfilling and that she could never ask for anything more joyful.

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