Sister M. Ann Rita (Anna) Kobierowski, C.S.F.N. (formerly Sister Mary Raymond), died Dec. 17 at Jesus of Nazareth (Mount Nazareth) Convent in Philadelphia at age 96. She was in the 78th year of her religious life.
Born to John and Anna Kobierowski on July 10, 1921 in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, she attended St. Adalbert School and Nazareth Academy High School.
She entered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in 1939 and professed final vows in 1947. Four of Anna’s sisters also entered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth: Sisters Mary Elizabeth, Cordia, Philomena and Janice. She is survived by Sister Janice.
With a BS in education from Villanova University and an MS in education from Marywood College, she taught in elementary schools in Throop, Pa.; Jamaica, N.Y.; Derby, Conn.; Scranton, Pa.; Philadelphia and Baltimore.
She also taught at St. Hubert High School and Nazareth Academy High School in Philadelphia. Additionally, she served in Parish Ministry in Scranton.
Sister Ann Rita was an accomplished artist. Her work included full-size portraits of Jesus and the children, beautiful bulletin board displays in school, and illustrations for the book about C.S.F.N. Mother Foundress, “Love Finds a Way,” by Sister Mary Michael Gecewicz.
She was also a talented cook and baker, creating legendary pies that were always in demand for bake sales.
The funeral Mass for Sister Ann Rita was Dec. 21 at Mount Nazareth in Philadelphia. Donations in her memory may be made to Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, 310 N. River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016.
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