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Sister M. Mercedes Benko, OSF

Posted by Administrator (admin) on Jul 21 2015
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Sister M. Mercedes (Dorothy), 84, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis, United States Province, in her 66th year of Profession, died on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Mount Assisi Convent in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sister entered the community from Divine Redeemer in Ambridge, Pa. in 1946 and professed her first vows in 1948 in Mount Assisi Convent Chapel in Pittsburgh, Pa. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., majoring in Business Education.

Throughout her earlier years of ministry, Sister Mercedes taught grades one through six in parish schools in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia. During her years of teaching she played the organ in many of the parish churches. Later Sister Mercedes attended classes at Duquesne University and taught the business courses at Monongahela Valley Catholic High School in Monongahela, Pa. and St. Francis Academy in San Antonio, Texas.

From 1978 through 1988 Sister ministered in Russellton, Perryopolis and Ambridge, Pa. as a Director of Education and Parish Social Minister. She then cared for her mother in Ambridge and worked in the finance office at Mount Assisi until her mother died in 1994. She then moved to Mount Assisi Convent.
Sister Mercedes was very creative and loved to work with arts and crafts. In 1995 she was assigned to organize the Heritage Rooms for the community and continued crocheting and knitting beautiful afghans and other pieces of handiwork. She also began to organize the thousands of community photographs that were taken over the years. Sister Mercedes continued working in these areas until a few months before she died, even after she was diagnosed in 2012 as having a serious blood disease.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers John, Michael, George and Frank. She is survived by her religious community, her sister Ann Chawner, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

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