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Sister Mary DePaul Zluky, A Sister of Charity of Nazareth, was called to her heavenly home on September 12, 2017 at the age of 96, and in the 82nd year of her religious life. Sister entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Michael Parish in Braddock, PA in 1935. Sister served the Church as a teacher in the dioceses of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Altoona Johnstown, PA and Youngstown, Ohio. Sister M. DePaul's greatest desire, however, was to work as a foreign missionary. Knowing of this desire Sister's religious superior sent her to Mother Mary Mission in Phenix, Alabama, where she ministered for 33 years. When asked about her years working in Alabama sister said, "I received the greatest fulfillment distributing food and clothing to the needy, visiting the sick and taking care of their needs." She noted that it was a privilege to serve the poor and she personally benefited from their faith and trust in God. Sister's great sense of humor and storytelling always evoked a good laugh and cheered everyone around her. Her last years were spent in prayer ministry at St. Louise Convent in Pittsburgh where she still served the poor by crocheting mats for the homeless out of plastic grocery bags. Sister was deeply loved by the people to whom she ministered, her family and her Sisters in Community, she will be greatly missed. Sister M. DePaul was preceded in death by her parents, Emery and Pauline Zluky; and her siblings, Matthew, Joseph, Rudy, John, Margaret, Elmer and Steve. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and her Sisters in Community. Friends will be received at St. Louise Convent, 8200 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, September 15, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in the convent chapel on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment in the Sisters' cemetery on the convent grounds. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Office of the Congregational Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY 40048-0009. Arrangements by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, INC.
Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Sept. 14 to Sept. 15, 2017
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