Mary Loretta Polaski, SCN, age 92, died February 6, 2012. She was born in Donora, Pa., and entered the community of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity in 1934 from Transfiguration Parish, Mon City, Pa. By the time the Vincentian sisters merged with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in 2008, Sister Loretta had retired from her active ministry and became a part of the Prayer Ministry.

Sister Loretta served God and the Church for 78 years. She earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa. She ministered in the following dioceses of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh, Greensburg, and Johnstown/Altoona. She also served in Mobile, Ala., Cape Girardeau, Mo., and in St. Catharine, Ontario, Canada. Her gifts as a teacher, church organist and CCD instructor took her many places throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Fonthill and Scarboro in Ontario, Canada. After more than 30 years of teaching, Sister Loretta served for 13 years in the area of Social Services in Montgomery, Ala., and for 27 years in Clerical/Medical Records in St. Vincent Hospital, Monet, Mo., and the Vincentian de Marillac in Pittsburgh, Pa.

She is survived by her sister Mrs. Elmer (Gertrude) Butti, by nieces Amy Spernak, Margaret Babirad, and nephew Daniel Polaski, as well as many great nieces, nephews, and friends and all her sisters of the SCN Community.