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PITTSBURGH - Sister Maria Assumpta Adams, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, was called to her heavenly home on Jan. 12, 2018, at the age of 80 and in the 64th year of her religious life.

Sister Assumpta entered the congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Matthias Parish in Youngstown, in 1954.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from LaRoche College and a master’s degree in Education from Duquesne University.

Sr. Assumpta served the Church as an elementary teacher for 36 years in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Greensburg, Pa. In addition to her ministry in education, she also served in healthcare at Vincentian Home and Vincentian de Marillac for two years.

After retiring from education Sr. Assumpta returned to the Motherhouse where she became a community driver until the time of her death.

When illness struck she spent a very brief time in Lourdes Hall, where she passed away peacefully.

Everyone who knew Sr. Assumpta was aware that she was a proud, loyal fan of the Cleveland Browns and Indians. Outside of her living quarters, she proudly displayed sports items from these two teams. This was a brave move since she lived in Steeler and Pirate territory.

Sr. Assumpta was also known for her great culinary skills. The fruits of these skills were generously shared with others, especially her homemade chicken soup.

Sister Assumpta was preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Mary (Gonda).

She is survived by her brother, Edward and sister, Margaret Jerek, nieces, nephews, cousins and her sisters in community.

Friends will be received at St . Louise Convent, 8200 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh on Monday, Jan. 15, from 2 to 8 p.m., with a wake service at 6 p.m.

The Mass of Christian burial will be offered in the convent chapel on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m., preceded by a time of viewing from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Internment will take place immediately following the Mass in the Sisters’ Cemetery on the convent grounds.

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Condolences to the Pgh Sisters of Charity

“Before Sister joined the Vincentian Sisters of Charity, she lived nearby my home on Homewood Avenue across the parish rectory. She and her brother Eddie were close friends of mine while growing up. "Dorothy," which was her name before entering the convent, was often my baby sitter when I was very young. There were lots of young children on Homewood Ave., Fithian Street, Indianola Avenue, and down to Poland Avenue. I remember crying when she left Youngstown to go to Pittsburgh and join the Slovak Vincentian Sisters. When she returned to St. Matthias for a celebration, I didn't recognize her because her religious habit covered her except her face. But when she called me "Eddie!", I recognized her and gave her a big hug. Both of us had tears in our eyes. Only two of my teachers from St. Matthias are still living: Sister Annamarie and Sister Eileen. No former Vincentians who taught me at Cardinal Mooney High School are alive. May Sister Assumpta rest in peace. I am now retired and living in South Florida.”

 » Father Edward (Hockicko) Hawkins on January 13, 2018

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