Sister Stella Maris Ozimkowski

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DALLAS — Sister Stella Maris Ozimkowski, RSM, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Mercy Center, Dallas.

Sister Stella was born on March 6, 1929, in Nanticoke, and was a daughter of Edward and Helen Price Ozimkowski. She graduated from St. Mary's High School, in Wilkes-Barre, and received a degree in elementary education from Misericordia University.

Sister Stella entered the Community of Mercy on Sept. 8, 1948, and professed her vows on March 12, 1951. She ministered as an elementary teacher in the Dioceses of Scranton, Brooklyn, Rockville Center, Pittsburgh and Altoona-Johnstown.

Sister Stella will be remembered locally, by her many students, from the Mercy Center Kindergarten and Pre-K School at Mercy Center, where she was a teacher and administrator for 22 years.

Sister Stella was known for her kindness and willingness to assist others in any way. She will be greatly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Dorothy Johnson.

Sister Stella is survived by her devoted nieces and nephews, Carol and Robert Beitnauer, New Jersey, Irene and Michael Brooks, New York, Donna and Anthony Heiser, New York, Benjamin and Linda Johnson, New York; grand-nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Mercy.

The celebration of her life will begin with a prayer service at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mercy Center, Dallas, followed by visiting hours which will be until 4 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mercy Center Chapel, followed by interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.

Memorial contributions in honor of Sister Stella may be made to Mercy Center, P.O. Box 370, Dallas, PA 19812.

Condolences can be sent to the family at

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E. Blake Collins Funeral Home
159 George Avenue Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705
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Published in Times Leader from Aug. 19 to Aug. 20, 2014
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