Sister Anita Marie Miller, RSM, 75, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy, died at Mercy Center on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
Sister Anita Marie was born Anita Louise Miller on Aug. 21, 1937, in Spangler, Pa., and was a daughter of Homer and Mary M. Kritzer Miller.
Sister Anita Marie attended Johnstown Catholic High School and graduated from St. Mary's High School, Wilkes-Barre. She received a bachelor of science degree in secondary education, with a specialization in the sciences, at Misericordia University in Dallas. She also was a certified laboratory technician.
Sister Anita Marie entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1954 and professed her vows in 1957. Her teaching years included the Diocese of Harrisburg, Scranton and Altoona-Johnstown. From 1984 until the present, Sister Anita Marie ministered in the Diocese of Pittsburgh at Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport. During her 29 years there, she enjoyed the warmth and friendship of the faculty, staff and students, and would often share stories of her great love and admiration of all those with whom she journeyed at Serra Catholic High School.
In addition to her parents, Sister Anita Marie was preceded in death by her sisters Luella Grace and Judith Gumminger, and her brother Gerald.
She is survived by her sister Joan Stewart, Ravenna, Ohio; brothers John, Mentor, Ohio; Fred, Willoughby, Ohio; Thomas, Frederick, Md.; James, Colchester, Conn.; David, Johnstown; Robert, Zanesville, Ohio; Melvin, East Falmouth, Mass., and Donald, Spring Lake, N.C.; many nieces and nephews; her godchild and niece, Kelly Miller Metz; friends and co-workers at Serra Catholic High School; and her Sisters of Mercy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be today at 2 p.m. in Mercy Center Chapel, Dallas. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Serra Catholic High School, McKeesport. Interment will be at Sisters of Mercy Cemetery at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, Pa.
Memorial contributions in the name of Sister Anita Marie Miller may be made to the Serra Catholic High School Student Scholarship Fund, 200 Hershey Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132.
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 5, 2013