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deceased sisters

Sr. Blanda Mastalerz (1917-2011)

Written on October 1, 2011 at 11:10 am

Sr. M. Blanda (Stephanie) Mastalerz, 94, died Sept. 19 at Nazarethville in Des Plaines, IL,in the 78th year of her religious life. While still a young child, Stephanie Mastalerz lost her father in the flu epidemic of 1918-1920.  Her widowed mother took in laundry, and some of Stephanie’s earliest memories are of her mother singing the Litany of Our Lady as she ironed. … Continue Reading

Sr. Alda Zajac (1923-2011)

Written on October 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

Sr. M. Alda (Marie) Zajac, 87, died Sept. 18 at Nazarethville, Des Plaines, IL, in the 68th year of her religious life. Marie was one of seven children of Walter and Marcella Zajac, Polish immigrants who made their home in Chicago.… Continue Reading

Sr. Valentine Sulewska (1921-2011)

Written on October 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

One of 11 children, Anna Sulewska grew up in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, NY, attending St. Stanislaus Kostka School where the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth taught. Two of Anna’s siblings died in childhood; her mother Sophie died shortly after the birth of her 11th child. … Continue Reading

Sr. Constance Palczynska (1924-2011)

Written on August 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

A native of the Bronx, New York, Anna Palczynska attended school with her brothers and sister at St. Mary’s Villa in Ambler, PA.  From Ambler, Anna moved to Philadelphia to attend Nazareth Academy, where she graduated from high school.  In 1943, she joined the CSFNs in Torresdale, PA, and professed final vows in 1946.… Continue Reading

Sr. Medarda Synakowska (1914-2011)

Written on June 1, 2011 at 10:35 am

Sr. M. Medarda (Monica) Synakowska, a former Superior General of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, died at age 97 at Mount Nazareth Convent, Philadelphia, in the 82nd year of her religious life.  Monica Mary Medarda grew up in a household teeming with five brothers and numerous step-brothers from her widowed father’s first marriage. … Continue Reading

Sr. Gertrude Klebba (1926-2011)

Written on May 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

Sister M. Gertrude (Rosaline) Klebba, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth for 66 years, died May 7 at age 83. A Detroit native, Rosaline became a postulant at the start of her senior year of high school at Mt.… Continue Reading

Sr. Ursula Komorowski (1909-2011)

Written on May 20, 2011 at 10:28 am

Sr. M. Ursula (Rosalia) Komorowski, 101, died April 5 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent, Monroe, CT, in the 79th year of her religious life.  The oldest of 13 children, her fellow sisters surmised from her love for children that she helped her mother take care of her siblings. … Continue Reading

Sr. Dolorosa Hessler (1943-2011)

Written on May 19, 2011 at 10:24 am

Sr. M. Dolorosa (Ann Marie) Hessler, 67, died at Mount Nazareth in Philadelphia in the 49th year of her religious life. A beautiful child known for her lovely smile, she was friendly and outgoing, growing up with three brothers in a family that encouraged her to get involved in everything. … Continue Reading

Sr. Gemma Wacek (1914-2011)

Written on May 18, 2011 at 10:21 am

A Chicago native, Stephanie Wacek was one of five children of John and Antonia Wacek.  She completed her grammar school education at the parish school, Holy Trinity, in six short years, skipping two grades.  Stephanie often spent time helping the sisters and was frequently invited to join them in the chapel for Holy Hour the first Sunday of the month. … Continue Reading

Sr. Regina Drost (1915-2011)

Written on May 17, 2011 at 10:17 am

Sr. M. Regina (Sophia) Drost, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth for 78 years, died March 26 at age 95.  A native of Trafford, PA, her parents died when she was young; she remembered coming with her sister to live at Holy Family Institute when she was about eight years old. … Continue Reading