Mary Ann Behary, SCN, was called to her heavenly home on April 25, 2014, at the age of 80 and in the 63rd year of her religious life. Sister Mary Ann entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Mary Parish in Brownsville, Pa., in 1951.
She received her B.Ed. and M.Ed degrees with Permanent Certification in Elementary Administration from Duquesne University and served the Church as an elementary teacher and principal in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Greensburg, Pa., Steubenville, Ohio, Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Mo., Mobile, Ala., and as CCD teacher and Pastoral Minister in Memphis, Tenn. Her career in education was followed by serving the Sisters as Coordinator at the Vincentian Motherhouse.
When illness forced her into retirement, Sister spent a brief time in recovery at the Vincentian Home and finally at the St. Louise Convent infirmary, where she passed away peacefully.
Although Sister was of short stature and frail body, her presence was felt by her great sense of humor and dry wit that always evoked a good laugh. She often said, “When I die, I want everyone to know it was my bones that killed me.”
Sister Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents George and Mary Behary and her sister Christine Florian. She is survived by her brother George, her sister Theresa (Dan) Capatolla, nieces and nephews, and her Sisters in Community.