Anne Marie McCawley

Nov. 16, 2012

Anne Marie McCawley, of Luzerne, passed away Friday evening, Nov. 16, 2012, in Commonwealth Hospice at St. Luke's Villa, Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre, surrounded by her family.

Born in New York City, Anne Marie was a 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, the 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, also from King's College. Anne Marie resided in Brewster, Mass., prior to moving to the Wyoming Valley. Upon moving to the Wyoming Valley, Anne Marie was employed by Catholic Social Services of The Diocese of Scranton and served for 25 years as a program director for the St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen, Jackson Street, Wilkes-Barre. She was also the program director for The Gabriel House, Pittston. Anne Marie served as the supervisor for Shepherd's Maternity in East Stroudsburg, and for the 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 was 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; stepsons, John J. McCawley and his wife, Amy E., Ambler, Pa.; Joseph C. McCawley, California, Md.; stepdaughter, Maureen Sagi and her husband, Andy, Eldridge, Md.; grandchildren, Colleen and Ryan McCawley, 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 of Commonwealth Hospice for the compassionate care that was given to Anne Marie.

Funeral for Anne Marie will be held Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. 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 as main celebrant and Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly, executive director of Catholic Social Services for The Diocese of Scranton, serving as homilist. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Mausoleum, Hanover Township. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen, 39 E. Jackson St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

Published in Times Leader on Nov. 18, 2012