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Sister Elizabeth Ann Matonak, SS.C.M., 86

Sister Elizabeth Ann Matonak, the former dietician at Maria Joseph Manor and Administrator of the Meadows, died at Emmanuel Center, Danville, PA on Sunday, March 6, 2022.  The daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Matonak, Sister was born on February 22, 1936, in East Vandergrift, PA. Growing up, she attended public schools in Vandergrift and East […]

Sister Mary Paul Kurator, SS.C.M., 90

Sister Mary Paul (Lucy Kurator) died on February 10, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.  Born in Gary, IN, she was the daughter of Paul and Mary (Pavlov) Kurator.  She attended Holy Trinity School in Gary, IN, and graduated in 1949 from St. Cyril Academy, Danville, PA.  She entered the novitiate of the […]

Sister M. Cyrilline Biel, SS.C.M., 91

Bernardine Biel was born in Whiting, IN, the daughter of Stephen and Mary (Chomistek) Biel. She attended Immaculate Conception School and Junior High and graduated from George Rogers Clark High School, all in Whiting, IN.

Sister M. John Vianney Vranak, SS.C.M., 88

Frances Vranak was born in Chicago, IL, on March 5, 1932, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Duratinsky) Vranak.  She had two sisters, Theresa and Dolores.  Sister John Vianney believed her parents were the most powerful influence during her formative years, “laying the foundation of faith in our family and also transmitting to us a […]

Sister M. Noel Stasko, SS.C.M., 91

Anna Stasko was born in Perth Amboy, NJ, the daughter of Paul and Anna (Mucha) Stasko on April 16, 1929.  She attended Holy Trinity School in Perth Amboy and graduated from St. Cyril Academy, Danville, PA, in 1947.

Sister M. Rosanne Kmetz SS.C.M., 88

Sister Rosanne died on Friday, September 18, 2020, at Maria Hall in Danville.  Margaret Kmetz was born in Gary, IN, on September 23, 1932, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Hreha) Kmetz.  She attended Holy Trinity School in Gary and graduated in 1951 from St. Cyril Academy, Danville.  She entered the Sisters of Saints Cyril […]

Sister M. Zoé Zollar, SS.C.M., 89

Sister Maria Zoé (Ann Therese Zollar) died on July 23, 2020, at Emmanuel Center, Danville.  Born on January 10, 1931, in Duluth, MN, she was the daughter of John and Anne Zollar. Ann Therese was one of six Zollar children. She attended St. Michael School and Cathedral Junior and Senior High Schools.  At the College […]

Sister Mary Gilbert Dluhy, SS.C.M., 92

Elizabeth Helen Dluhy was born on January 10, 1928, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Whyherek) Dluhy.  She graduated from St. Michael Elementary School and St. Casimir Academy, both in Chicago.  She entered the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius on September 15, 1945, and was received as a novice, Sister Mary […]

Sister Margaret Mary Fest, SS.C.M., 77

Born on August 17, 1943, in Bloomsburg, PA, Frances Elizabeth Fest was the daughter of Paul and Arlene (Johnson) Fest. Frances attended Benjamin Franklin School in Bloomsburg and the Villa Sacred Heart Elementary School from 1951 to 1954. From 1954 to 1957, she attended St. Columba School in Bloomsburg and went on to graduate from […]

Sister Florence Marcin, SS.C.M., 94

Sister Florence Marcin (formerly Sister M. Hilary) died on January 28, 2020, at Emmanuel Center, Danville, PA.  She was born on April 11, 1926, in Swoyersville, PA, the daughter of John and Mary (Olejnik) Marcin. 

Sister M. Teresita Iskra, SS.C.M., 85

Mary E. Iskra was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, the daughter of John and Veronica (Greytak) Iskra.  She received her primary education at Sacred Heart School in Wilkes-Barre, the first school in which the newly-established Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius taught after they were founded by Father Matthew Jankola.  She also attended St. Nicholas High […]

Sister M. Cabrini Steber, SS.C.M., 91

Mary Steber) was born in Coxeville, PA, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Kotch) Steber. She attended Coxeville Public School, Beaver Meadows and St. Joseph School, Hazleton, and graduated from St. Cyril Academy, Danville. 


A Vocation Journey

by Sister Pamela Smith, SS.C.M. For several consecutive Lenten Sundays, I’ve been at the Mass in Spanish in our parish. I’ve also attended Mass in English with the five other sisters who are part of our local community, but I have some personal reasons for wanting, periodically, to sing from Flor y Canto and to […]


Sister Maria Goretti (Anna Marie) Hudak died on Feb. 16, 2018 at Emmanuel Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was born on Dec. 15, 1929 in Hazleton to John and Anna (Jancar [Johnson]) Hudak. She attended Saint Joseph School and graduated from Hazleton Senior High School. Before entering the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius, […]


Sister M. Isidore (Agnes) Tomaš?ak was born in New Milford, Conn. She was the oldest daughter of Andrew and Veronica (Piskura) Tomaš?ak, proceeded by five sisters and eight brothers. Sister Isidore attended Saints Cyril and Methodius Commercial School in Bridgeport, graduated from Saint Cyril Academy, Danville, Pa. in 1947 and entered the novitiate on Aug. […]


Sister Teresa Urda, 74, died at Maria Hall, Danville, on Sunday, April 2, 2017. She was born Oct. 15, 1942, in Torrington, Conn., and was one of five children born to the late Andrew and Helen (Vasko) Urda.