Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Obituary: Sister Rita Polchin, SS.C.M.

Obituary: Sister Rita Polchin, SS.C.M. Sister Rita Polchin, SS.C.M., died at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville on Thursday, September 7. She was the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Fedor) Polchin, who had been married by Father Matthew Jankola, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius. Sister Rita was born in Coxeville, Pa., on August 31, 1929, the youngest of 10 children.

After graduating from Hazle Township High School, and working in a factory for two years, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius from Holy Trinity Parish in Hazleton on September 8, 1949, and was professed on August 13, 1952.

Sister Rita served in the ministry of education for most of her religious life, as a teacher in Charleston, S.C.; in Waynesboro, Bloomsburg, Nanticoke and Lebanon, Pa.; in Bridgeport, Conn.; in Endicott and Yonkers, N. Y.; and as a principal in Waynesboro, Pa., and Charleston, S.C. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., and a master’s in educational administration from Fairfield University in Connecticut. When Sister Rita retired from her very active ministry, she was engaged in the ministry of prayer and hospitality at Maria Hall in Danville.

Sister Rita was preceded in death by her parents and her nine brothers and sisters. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial were held on Wednesday, September 13, at Maria Hall in Danville, followed by burial in the Sisters’ cemetery.

Donations in memory of Sister Rita Polchin can be made to the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Villa Sacred Heart, 1002 Railroad Street, Danville, PA 17821.

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