Obituary of Sister Mary Loretta Janiszewski, FSSJ.
Sister Mary Loretta Janiszewski died peacefully on Wednesday February 3, 2021 at St. Francis Park in the 93rd year of life and the 74th year of religious life.
Sr. Loretta was born on June 30, 1927 in Baltimore, MD to the late Stephen and the late Frances (nee Kociemski) Janiszewski. On August 15, 1945 she became a postulant and on July 15, 1950 Sister Loretta professed her final vows.
Sister Mary Loretta received her Bachelor in Education degree at the University of Detroit, MI. For nearly fifty years, including four years as a school administrator, Sr. Loretta served as an educator to God’s youngest people. Many of her teaching years were spent in Western New York including St. Columba, Buffalo, St. Vincent, North Evans, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Silver Creek, Sacred Heart, Medina, and Mother of Divine Grace in Cheektowaga. She also taught at St. Sebastian, Dearborn Heights, MI, St. Stanislaus in Chicopee, MA and St. Stanislaus, Trenton, NJ.
When her teaching career ended, Sr. Loretta transferred her many skills and gifts of compassion and kindness to minister to the homebound and elderly in Trenton, NJ. For eighteen years, she visited, prayed with and consoled those of St. Stanislaus, later Divine Mercy Parish, who could no longer get to church for services or social activities. Much of this was done by walking so that she could greet and minister to others on the way. In 2014, Sr. Loretta moved to the Sisters’ care community in Hamburg, NY and regularly participated in activities.
Sr. Loretta had always been inspired by the life of Mother Colette and her own sister, Sr. Regina Janiszewski, FSSJ, who had a deep love and concern for the poor in her midst. Sister found inspiration in the words, “Let your light shine.” She received this motto in high school and lived it throughout her life. Sr. Loretta was an active pray-er. She especially loved times of adoration of the Eucharist, devotions and the rosary. She was an avid movie watcher and Bingo player, especially if those activities included snacks of Cheetos or ice cream cones.
Sister is survived by her sisters in community, nieces and nephews, and cousins.
Arrangements by Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home. Services will be held privately. Burial will be at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in memory of Sister Mary Loretta Janiszewski.
No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love God. ~ 1 Cor. 2:9
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