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.
She attended Sacred Heart School and Torrington High School, Torrington, and St. Cyril Academy, Danville, for three years, where she graduated in 1960.
Sister Teresa entered the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville on Sept. 8, 1961, and was received as a novice on Aug. 13, 1962. She made her first profession of vows on Aug. 13, 1964.
Sister Teresa taught seventh grade at Blessed Sacrament School, Charleston, South Carolina, and eighth grade at St. Francis School, Torrington. She taught English at Pius X High School, Pottstown, English and Psychology at Andrean High School, Merrillville, Ind., and English at Lebanon Catholic, Lebanon. During her years in secondary education she served as moderator of the yearbook, Mission Club, Student Council and sophomore and junior classes.<
For 11 years, Sister Teresa was Director of Maintenance at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius. Sister was particularly interested in environmental concerns. She was a volunteer at the House of Care at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for many years.
Sister Teresa had a gift for writing and editing. Each week she distributed the congregation’s newsletter, The Focus, as well as publicity for the activities of the Spiritual Center. As moderator of the St. Cyril Academy Alumnae Association, she compiled news for its newsletter, The Challenge. Her most valuable achievement was writing the history of the first hundred years of the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius.
Sister Teresa is survived by one sister, Mrs. Helen Borkowski, Harwinton, Conn.; one brother, Cyril, Torrington; and several nieces and nephews.