(Sister Angelo Marie)
September 27, 1937 – July 7, 2021
Sister Ann Pizelo, SNJM, died July 7, 2021, at Mary's Woods in Lake Oswego, Oregon. The daughter of Philip and Ann Frye (Ferraro) Pizelo, Ann was born September 27, 1937, in Spokane in the back of the grocery store her father owned. Her mother was born in Canada of Italian immigrants, and her father came to the U.S. from Italy at age 14.
The Pizelo family made their home in St. Aloysius parish and were known for their warm Italian hospitality. Mr. Pizelo's grocery store was not far from the railroad tracks, and he earned the reputation of a kind and generous man who extended a helping hand to all who traveled the rails during the Depression and the years following.
Ann was very musical; she enjoyed singing and playing the violin. She excelled in sports during high school at Holy Names Academy and sports became her lifelong passion. Following graduation in 1955, Ann entered the novitiate of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary at Marylhurst, OR, receiving the religious name Sister Angelo Marie.
The early years of her professional life were as a primary grade school teacher in Washington and Oregon classrooms. Soon her administrative gifts propelled her into a variety of positions. Her tenure as a grade school principal in Auburn, Bellevue and Seattle is still warmly remembered by parents and students who dearly loved her. Subsequently, Sister Ann was named principal of Holy Names Academy, Seattle. It was during this time that she completed a BS in Education at Marylhurst College and an M.Ed. in Administration at Central Washington State College.
After 17 years as a principal, Sister Ann moved into parish ministry believing adults needed the same nurturing ministry as children do. She served as pastoral associate at Visitation Parish in Tacoma for four years followed by her position as resident pastor for 10 years at St. Joseph's Parish in Spokane.
In 2000, Sister Ann was selected Provincial Director of the Washington Province of the Sisters of the Holy Names. She is fondly remembered for her compassion, wisdom, and humor as she guided the Sisters through many challenging transitions.
In 2006, Sister Ann became Executive Director of Our Place, an outreach organization providing emergency food, clothing, and vital services to the underserved people in the West Central neighborhood of Spokane.
Sister Ann's life was not only one of passionate care for people in need and for those whom society often overlooks, but she was also known for her love of life and enjoyment of being with friends and family.
Sister Ann is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Phillip and Jim, and sister Mary. She is survived by her brother, Angelo Pizelo, nieces and nephews, and members of her religious community.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 1503 W. Dean, Spokane, WA. Inurnment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Our Place Ministries, 1509 W. College Ave., Spokane 99201 or to St. Joseph's Church, 1503 W. Dean, Spokane 99201 or to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, PO Box 398, Marylhurst, OR, 97036 or online at www.snjmusontario.org/donate
. Online tributes may be made at www.holycrossofspokane.org
Published by Spokesman-Review from Jul. 21 to Jul. 25, 2021.