Wierkowski, OSF, Sr. Marianita, Saginaw, Michigan

Sr. Marianita, 81 years of age, went home to the Lord on Sunday, January 16, 2011 in Saginaw. Sister was born Genevieve Wierkowski in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania on October 13, 1929, to the late Anthony and Margaret Wierkowski. She entered the Bernardine Franciscan Congregation in Reading, Pennsylvania. In her 62 years as a religious, Sister ministered to God’s people as an educator and administrator. In support of her ministry she earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Villanova University and her Masters of Arts Degree from Eastern Michigan University. She spent 57 years in education ministering in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas and Michigan. She also served as principal at Beatitudes of Our Lord School in La Mirada, California for 15 years. Sister spent over 20 years ministering to the children, parents, and staff of St. Thomas Aquinas School. After her retirement two years ago she visited nursing homes, sang in the choir, and could be seen in the school halls and classrooms interacting and praying with the students. In the words of one of her former students “It’s not what Sister taught that her students remember. It is the way it which she spoke about prayer, taught about our Catholic Faith, and passionately conveyed Jesus’ love for each one of us that will remain at the forefront of our memories.” Sister is survived by her sister, Esther Belles of Moosic, Pennsylvania and brother-in-law, Joseph Peeler of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sister, Mary Ann Peeler and her brothers, Anthony Wire, William Evans and George Evans. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 20, 2011 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Saginaw, Michigan with Rev. Fr. Randy Kelly presiding. The Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. followed by a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Vigil Service on Wednesday evening, January 19, 2011 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church with Sr. Jean Baumann OSF presiding. Sister will lie in state at St. Thomas Aquinas Church from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. A Memorial Mass and burial will take place at the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Mother House in Reading, Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Mission Fund in memory of the many years Sister supported the Annual St. Thomas Aquinas Mission Fair with her “Pick a Heart” booth or the St. Thomas Aquinas Church Renovation Project which was also dear to her heart. www.snowfuneralhome.net