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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

Sr. Hedwig Walania (1915-2011)

Written on March 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Helen Walania encountered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN) at an early age.  She, her three sisters and brother attended St. Stanislaus School in New Haven, CT.  Young Helen left home for high school, attending Nazareth Academy in Philadelphia. … Continue Reading

Sr. Imelda Wojnar (1912-2011)

Written on February 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Helen Wojnar was the second of six children born to John and Victoria Szelc Wojnar, Polish immigrants who married in Pittsburgh.  The family worshiped at Holy Family Church, though they lived some distance from the campus.  Helen and her siblings attended the parish school, taught by Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN). … Continue Reading

Sr. Lucia Pirollo (1936-2011)

Written on February 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Family life was keenly important to Sr. M. Lucia (Jeannette) Pirollo, who died Jan. 17 at age 74, Mt.  Nazareth , Philadelphia.  The oldest of three children of Atilio and Antoinette Pirollo, she and her brothers were placed at Dante Orphanage in Concordville, PA, after the death of their mother at age 31.… Continue Reading

Sr. Daniel Januszkiewicz (1914-2011)

Written on January 31, 2011 at 2:20 pm

A long-time teacher who also held provincial leadership positions at various times in her ministerial life, Sr. M. Daniel (Maria) Januszkiewicz died Jan. 12, 2011, at Mt. Nazareth, Philadelphia.  At age 96, she was in the 79th year of her religious life.… Continue Reading