Sister Agatha, Parochial School Teacher

November 27, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Sister Agatha Pazourek, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, who taught elementary school students in Baltimore parochial schools for more than 40 years, died Wednesday of cardiopulmonary collapse at Assisi House, her order's retirement home in Aston, Pa. She was 93.

Helen Anastasia Pazourek was born in Baltimore and raised in Middle River. She was 15 when she entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1930, and she professed her vows in 1933.

"She also earned a bachelor's degree in history, but we do not know from what college," said Sister Ann Marie Slavin, who is also a member of the Sisters of St. Francis.

Sister Agatha began teaching at Immaculate Conception School in Towson in 1932, and from 1933 to 1953, she taught at St. Paul School in Wilmington, Del.

She returned to Baltimore in 1953, and taught at St. Anthony of Padua parochial school until 1970.

Other teaching assignments included St. Stephen parochial school in Bradshaw from 1971 to 1979, and the Shrine of the Little Flower from 1979 to 1981.

From 1981 to 1986, she was on the faculty of St. Elizabeth School. After retiring in 1986, she remained at St. Elizabeth Convent, where for the next decade she prepared meals.

In 1996, she moved to Assisi House, where she continued to enjoy preparing meals for members of her order.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Nov. 20..

Sister Agatha is survived by a cousin.

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