Sister Mary Trzasko, formerly known as Sister Mary Beata, died on February 20, 2020, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 83 years of age and in the 65th year of her religious profession: 18 years in the Felician Sisters in Livonia, Michigan, and in her 47th year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Mary was born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, to Joseph and Anna (Stelmach) Trzasko. She graduated from the Felician Academy in Detroit, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Madonna College in Livonia and a master’s degree in home economics from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Sister Mary spent 25 years ministering in education in Detroit, Livonia, Manistee, Wyandotte, and Hamtramck, including one year as education coordinator in Mount Clemens, all in Michigan, and eight years in Beaufort, South Carolina. She served as parish minister for two years in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
She ministered 10 years as a pastoral team member, political activist and advocate, and community coordinator in various agencies in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sister served as community organizer for one year in Jackson, Tennessee and eight years in Port Royal, South Carolina. She ministered 12 years in an enrichment program for children with special needs in Port Royal.
Sister Mary became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by a sister, Joan Smigiel, and two brothers, Joseph Trzasko and Raymond Trzasko, all of Sterling Heights, Michigan; loving nieces and nephews; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Rite of Committal (burial) for Sister Mary will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be on Monday, February 24, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine’s Chapel. The Ritual of Remembering will be held on Monday, February 24, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Room at the Dominican Life Center. Both the Memorial Mass and the Ritual of Remembering will be live streamed.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.
Center: Sister Mary Trzasko, CSSF, was a Felician Sister before she transferred to the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Right: Sister Mary at her investiture as a Felician Sister with her parents, Anna and Joseph, August 14, 1954
From left: Sisters Beverly Stark and Mary Trzasko minister to inner-city residents at the Franciscan-on-the-Rhine Mission in Cincinnati. Sisters Beverly Stark and Mary Trzasko begin a new ministry together.
Left: Sister Mary with Nicholas
From left: Sister Mary Trzasko at a family Christmas gathering. From left, Sisters Mary Trzasko, Ellen Schmitz, Esther Kennedy, Anele Heiges, and Yolanda Pomante enjoy the Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s 50th Jubilee celebration.
Members of the 2014 Diamond Jubilee August Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Ana Feliz, Susan Mary Parker, Joyce Hibbert, and Patricia McCarty; middle row, from left, Sisters Diane Weifenbach, Barbara Gentry, Dorita Wotiska, Mary Trzasko, Dorothy Dempsey, Beth Ellen Butler, and Phyllis Kreiner; and front row, from left, Sisters Jeanine Boivin, Anele Heiges, Yolanda Pomante, and Ruth Anne Kelly. Not pictured are Sisters Louise Borgacz and Alice Marie Schmid.
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