Sister Rita Lewandowski, Gnsh obituary

Sister Rita Lewandowski, GNSH

Sister Rita Lewandowski, GNSH, (89), passed away on Sunday December 26, 2021. Rita was born in Buffalo, NY, to the late Walter and Florence A. Lewandowski. Sister received an Honors BA in Latin from D’Youville College and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Postgraduate work was carried out at Villanova and Temple Universities. Sister held a permanent license from NY and PA as a specialist in reading, as well as a permanent license from NY in Latin. The sister was a member of the Kappa Gamma Pi Honor Society.

A long-time educator, Sister Rita has influenced the lives of countless young people and adults by introducing them to the world of reading and literacy. Prior to joining the Gray Nuns of the Sacred Heart (1961), she was an instructor at Marymount Junior College, Arlington, Virginia, where she taught philosophy, English, and world literature. Her ministerial assignments as a gray nun took her to PA, GA and NY. Sister taught at Sacred Heart Junior College, Yardley; Bishop Egan and St. Anthony of Padua, Philadelphia and at the D’Youville Academy in Atlanta, GA. The remainder of his ministry was in the Buffalo area, where elementary, high school and college students benefited from his expertise, including 10 years as a reading specialist. Turning to adult literacy in 1991, she engaged and challenged those attending the Adult Learning Center to experience the joys of reading until 2007; Upon her retirement, she became a volunteer teacher with the Literacy Volunteers of Western New York until her move to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in December 2015.

Predeceased by her brother Richard, Rita is survived by her nephew in addition to her religious congregation.

Sharing memories at 9.45 a.m., funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 8, Redeemer Sisters’ Chapel, 521 Moredon Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA. Interment in the Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Memorial contributions can be made to the Gray Nuns of the Sacred Heart, 14500 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116-1188 or at www.greynun.org. Arrangements by Beck / Givnish, Inc.

Posted on December 30, 2021

Posted in Bucks County Courier Times


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