Sister Mary Vene Szeliga, O.S.F.


READING, Pa. – Bernardine Franciscan Sister Mary Vene Szeliga, 94, died Dec. 15 at St. Joseph Villa. She served 77 years in religious life.

Born in Valley Falls, she was the daughter of the late Kazimerz and Jadwiga (Tabor) Szeliga, and was baptized Adele Jadwiga Szeliga.

Sister Szeliga ministered as an elementary, middle and high school teacher and principal in schools operated by the Bernadine Franciscan Sisters in Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Dakota.

Three brothers and three sisters proceeded her in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 19 in Sacred Heart Chapel, Reading.