Age 77, died Friday, March
22, 2019, in the 60th year of
her religious life as a Sister of
St. Joseph. The daughter of
the late Francis and Zita
Hobbins McLaughlin, Sister
Ann Zita entered the
Congregation from St. Mary
parish in Lawrenceville. After
serving seven years as a
teacher in the Diocese s of
Altoona-Johnstown and
Pittsburgh, Sister Ann Zita
began a nursing ministry in
1972 that spanned three
decades. She served as a staff
nurse at St. Joseph, Jefferson,
West Penn, and St. Francis
hospitals. From 1986 to 1990,
Sister Ann Zita was a nurse in
the convent's in?rmary. In
1993, she began a ?ve-year
ministry with the Visiting
Nurses Association (VNA) and
continued to offer home
nursing care both   through
UPMC and at private
residences. From 2006 to
2009, Sister Ann Zita was
program   director for activities
and switchboard operator at
the convent. In recent years,
she was   coordinator of the
Book Nook gift shop at the
Motherhouse. Her compassion
and concern for   the elderly,
particularly those who were
sick, began to develop at a
very early age when she   was
surrounded by aging
grandparents, other relatives,
and neighbors to whom the
family   often reached out to
serve. Her personal experience
with the compassion of Jesus, she
related   recently, nurtured her
ever-deepening desire to
relate to others in the same
manner. Sister   Ann Zita said
she appreciated the
opportunity to care for
patients in their own
environment   where she also
could be present to family
members. "It is rewarding to
help someone in need   and I
am dedicated to the call of
helping others, conscious
always of the needs of the
'dear   neighbor'." Always ready
with a generous smile, a
helpful hand, and a light-
hearted spirit,   Sister Ann Zita
celebrated holidays in style
and spawned lasting
friendships. While working
for   the VNA, Sister Ann Zita
was among a group of nurses
who began cross-stitching
together and   subsequently
gathered regularly to share a
meal, support and
encouragement. On her
Golden   Jubilee, she re?ected,
"I have been blessed in many
ways, and my education and
spiritual   growth have come from
living in community." Sister Ann
Zita is survived by a niece, Rose
(Chris)   Martin of Christiansburg,
VA; and nephews, Tim (Sally)
Gotkiewicz of Montgomery, AL,
Joseph   Gotkiewicz, Sebring, FL,
and Allen "Pete" (Sharon)
Gotkiewicz, Blacksburg, VA and
the   Associates and the Sisters of
St. Joseph. Friends will be
received Monday, March 25
from 1 p.m. to the close of the
Prayer Vigil and Tuesday,
March 26 from 11 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. at the MOTHERHOUSE
JOSEPH. Prayer Vigil will be
Monday, March 25 at 6 p.m. at
the Motherhouse. Mass of
Christian Burial will be offered
Tuesday, March 26 at 4 p.m.
Burial will be in the Sisters'
Cemetery on the Motherhouse
grounds. Donations in the
name of Sister Ann Zita may
be sent to the Sisters of St.
Joseph Memorial Fund,
Development Of?ce, 1020
State St., Baden, PA 15005.
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PostedMarch 24, 2019