JANCEK SISTER MARY AUGUSTA, SCN|
A Sister of Charity of Nazareth, died peacefully in the Lord in Lourdes Hall at St. Louise Convent on June 13, 2014, at the age of 97 and in the 81st year of her religious life. She had been a resident at the Vincentian Home in Pittsburgh, PA, where she served in prayer ministry as much as her health permitted. Sister originally entered the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Mathias Parish in Natrona, PA and received her Bachelor and Master of Education Degrees from Duquesne University. Her teaching ministry included 29 years in elementary and 36 years in secondary education in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Greensburg in PA, Mobile, AL and Youngstown, OH. Sister Augusta also studied French at Mt. St. Joseph and Millersville State College in PA. She accepted two grants from Ohio State University in order to increase her fluency in speaking French. A highlight in her teaching career was a trip to Paris, France, and also to Quebec, Canada, with her students. After 35 years as a French and religion teacher at St. Joseph High School in Natrona Heights, PA, Sister retired from the educational profession. Sister was a multi-talented individual, who also greatly enjoyed playing the violin and cello and working at arts and crafts in her early years. Sister Augusta was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Mary Jancek; her four brothers, William, Michael, Victor, and Steven; and her two sisters, Mary and Irene. She is survived by her nieces, Noreen Jandura and Rebecca Kushsner, and nephew Michael Jancek; great-nephews; along with her Sisters in Community. Friends will be received at St. Louise Convent, 8200 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA on Monday, June 16, 2014, from 2 to 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the St. Louise Convent Chapel. Interment will follow in the Sisters' cemetery on the convent grounds. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Office of Congregational Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY 40048-0009.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from June 14 to June 16, 2014