Anne Marie McCawley of Luzerne passed away Friday evening, Nov. 16, 2012, at Commonwealth Hospice at St. Luke's Villa, 80 E. Northampton St., surrounded by family.
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Born in New York City, Anne Marie was the daughter of the late Joseph and Violet Sereta Welebob. She attended local schools and in 1962 graduated from Dominican Academy in New York. Anne Marie was a Sister of the Order of the Dominican Nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery, Bronx, N.Y.
In 1997, she received a bachelor of arts degree in social work from King's College, Wilkes-Barre, and in 2007, was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in humanities from King's College.
Anne Marie resided in Brewster, Mass., prior to moving to Wyoming Valley. Upon moving to Wyoming Valley, Anne Marie was employed by Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton, and served for 25 years as program director at the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, Jackson Street, Wilkes-Barre, and also was the program director at the Gabriel House, Pittston. Anne Marie served as the supervisor at Shepherd's Maternity in East Stroudsburg, and at Rose of Sharon of Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre. Anne Marie was a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Wilkes-Barre, and was a lector and extraordinary minister of communion. She belonged to the Ladies of Charity of Luzerne County.
Preceding her in death were her first husband, Herbert Hildebrandt, in 1987; and her second husband, John T. McCawley, in 1999. Also preceding her in death was a stepson, Gerald T. McCawley.
Surviving are her daughter, Elizabeth Hildebrandt, Moosic; step sons, John J. McCawley and his wife, Amy E., Ambler; and Joseph C. McCawley, California, Md.; stepdaughter, Maureen Sagi and her husband, Andy, Elridge, Md.; grandchildren, Colleen and Ryan McCawley, and Sarah and Symantha Sagi; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Anne Marie loved her work, gardening and her Catholic faith. The McCawley family would like to thank the staff and management at Commonwealth Hospice for the compassionate care that was given to Anne Marie.
A funeral for Anne Marie will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday from the Hugh P. Boyle & Son Funeral Home Inc., 416 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. in Our Lady of Hope Church, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. John S. Terry, pastor, as main celebrant, and Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly, executive director of Catholic Social Services for the Diocese of Scranton, serving as homolist. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Mausoleum, Hanover Township. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent De Paul Kitchen, 39 E. Jackson St., Wilkes-Barre PA 18701.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Nov. 18, 2012