Mary DePaul Zluky, SCN, was called to her heavenly home on September 12, 2017, at the age of 96 and in the 82nd year of her religious life. Sister entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Michael Parish in Braddock, Pennsylvania in 1935.
Sister M. DePaul served the Church as a teacher in the dioceses of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania and Youngstown, Ohio. Sister’s greatest desire, however, was to work as a foreign missionary. Knowing of this desire, Sister’s religious superior sent her to Mother Mary Mission in Phenix, Alabama, where she ministered for 33 years. When asked about her years working in Alabama, Sister said, “I received the greatest fulfillment distributing food and clothing to the needy, visiting the sick and taking care of their needs.” Sister M. DePaul noted that it was a privilege to serve the poor and she personally benefited from their faith and trust in God.
Sister’s great sense of humor and storytelling always evoked a good laugh and cheered everyone around her. Her last years were spent in prayer ministry at St. Louise Convent in Pittsburgh where she still served the poor by crocheting mats for the homeless out of plastic grocery bags.
Sister M. DePaul was deeply loved by the people to whom she ministered, her family and her Sisters in Community. She will be greatly missed.
Sister M. DePaul was preceded in death by her parents Emery and Pauline Zluky and her siblings: Matthew, Joseph, Rudy, John, Margaret, Elmer and Steve.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews and her Sisters in Community.
Friends will be received at St. Louise Convent, 8200 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Friday, September 15 from 2-8 p.m. and Saturday, September 16 from 9-10:30 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be in the convent chapel on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. followed by internment in the Sisters’ cemetery on the convent grounds.