A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018 in Our Lady of Calvary Catholic Church in Bensalem (north of Philadelphia) Pennsylvania, for Sr. Therese Misencik, SBS, 89, of Bensalem and formerly of Lakewood, Ohio who passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 5:29 a.m. at Jefferson Aria Torres Dale Hospital in Philadelphia.
Sr. Therese was born on January 4, 1929, the daughter of the late Joseph B. and Lucy M. (nee Zvolencak) Misencik and was raised in Lakewood, Ohio.
Sr. Therese entered the Convent of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament founded by St. Katherine Drexel, the foundress and former Mother Superior in 1947. During the ensuing 71 years, after earning Bachelor and Masters’ Degrees in Education and Library Science from Villanova University, she taught African American and Native American students throughout the United States from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. She was always proud to say that she had the honor of teaching The Most Rev. George V. Murray, SJ, Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown and the two remained in contact with one another throughout the years. After she retired from teaching, Sr. Therese returned to Bensalem and worked in the convent archives until she fell ill.
In years past, Sr. Therese was an annual visitor to Warren to visit with her sister, Gertrude M. Sinchak who with her husband, Stephen J. Sinchak owned and operated Sinchak & Sons Funeral Home before turning the funeral home operation over to their sons, Richard D. and Raymond S. Sinchak. Sr. Therese also visited the Benedictine Sisters of the Queen of Heaven Monastery in Howland, where she would run religious retreats years ago.
Surviving locally are her two nephews Richard D. Sinchak of Warren and Raymond S. (Patricia) Sinchak of Niles.
Sr. Therese will always be remembered for her loving devotion to her parents and family, the thousands of students she taught during her life and fellow sisters of her community, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.
Rest in Peace Aunt Therese.
Caring and Professional Arrangements for the Sr. Therese locally were under the direction of the Sinchak & Kaszowski Funeral Home, 330-392-5691 and the Misencik Funeral Homes of Lakewood, Avon and Amherst Ohio.
Family and Friends may visit www.sinchakkaszowski.com to view this tribute and share condolences to the Misencik and Sinchak families.