Sister Adele Siwak, O.S.F., 88, (formerly Sister Francis Josephine) died Nov. 6 in Assisi House, Aston. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 67 years. Adele Josephine Siwak was born in Baltimore and entered the congregation in 1944, professing her first vows in 1947.
She earned a B.S. in elementary education from Villanova University and a M.A. in education from Johns Hopkins University. She ministered primarily in education on both the elementary and secondary levels.
Sister Adele served in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for 35 years, primarily in education. She ministered in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 25 years and taught at St. Ludwig School (1946-49), Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School in Media (1949-53), St. Benedict School (1955-61), St. Ignatius School in Yardley (1961-64), Resurrection School in Chester (1964-69) and St. Maria Goretti High School (1969). She worked in local house ministry in Queen of Peace Convent, Aston (2010-11).
She became a resident of Assisi House in 2011 and served in prayer ministry until her death.
In addition, Sister Adele spent six years in the Diocese of Trenton.
Her funeral Mass was Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Assisi House with burial following in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.
Sister Adele is survived by a nephew, cousins and by her Franciscan family, including Sister Agnes Borkowski, one of her cousins.
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