Maryknoll Sister Jane Zawadzki M.M., died on Aug. 3, at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, N.Y. She was 88 and she had been a Maryknoll Sister for 66 years.
Born in Brooklyn, she attended Girls’ High School. After graduation, she worked at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as a clerk for three years.
In 1950, she entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation from Our Lady of Consolation parish, Williamsburg. She made her first profession of vows in 1953 and her final profession in 1959 while on mission in Siuna, Nicaragua.
After attending Maryknoll Teachers College and earning a bachelor’s degree in education in 1956, she was assigned to Central America to teach. She studied Spanish in Siuna, Nicaragua, and taught primary grades at the Siuna Mission School, from 1957 to 1961. In 1965, she was assigned to Colegio San Vicente, in Ancon, Panama, until 1973. She then moved to St. Mary’s Mission in Ancon, teaching in grades one to five and in the CCD programs. In 1984, she was awarded The Master Key to the Locks of the Panama Canal in recognition of her service.
She returned to the U.S. to the Maryknoll Sisters Center to do congregational service in the treasury department for three years. In 1987, she returned to Las Mañanitas in Panama, where she served in parish ministry, helped form Bible study groups and basic Christian communities, worked with dedicated lay women and men, overseeing liturgy, catechetical programs, sacramental preparation and a youth group and visiting the sick.
In 2015, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center and volunteered in the Maryknoll Sisters Home Care Unit with elderly sisters, until she herself became a patient shortly before her death.
She willed her body to medical science. A memorial Mass was held Aug. 11 in the Annunciation Chapel in Ossining.