Sister Mary Leontine

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HAMBURG, N.Y. — Sister Mary Leontine, 90, of Hamberg, N.Y., died peacefully Monday, Feb., 4, 2013, in Mercy Hospital while in the 71st year of her religious life.

She was born Sophie Gross, Aug. 16, 1922, a daughter of the late Andrew and Pauline (Zmudzin) Gross, of Shamokin.

On Sept. 1, 1936, she entered the convent as an aspirant, became a postulant Aug. 30, 1939, and professed her final vows July 8, 1944.

She attended St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in Booklyn, N.Y., and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she earned a master's degree in nursing.

She began her religious vocation as a teacher at St. Stanislaus, Chicopee, Mass., and went on to minister for 44 years in the healthcare field in various positions at St. Anthony's Home, Hamburg, N.Y., and St. Mary's Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y., ending her career as director of nursing and later director of voluteer services at St. Joseph Hosptial, Cheekotawa, N.Y.

Sister Mary is survived by a sister, Jean Martinchick and her husband, Joseph, of Chambersburg; a sister-in-law, Catherine Gross, of Shamokin, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Andrew, Anthony, John and Raymond, and a sister, Marie Evans.
Published in The News Item on Feb. 25, 2013