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Felician Sister Mary Gilbert Szaroleta, long-time educator

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 22 for Felician Sister Mary Gilbert Szaroleta in Our Lady of Lourdes Hall, Felician Sister’s Infirmary, Lodi. She died Feb. 19.

The cousin of Father Andrew L. Szaroleta, pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Clinton, Sister Mary Gilbert was an educator in schools throughout Delaware and New Jersey.

The former Mary Szaroleta was born in South Amboy in 1914. She entered the Felician Sisters’ Congregation in Lodi in 1932, professing her final vows Aug. 23, 1940. Sister Mary Gilbert received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in special educaiton from Seton Hall University, South Orange.

Following a more than 20-year tenure as administrator in Immaculate Conception Home for Children, Lodi, Sister Mary Gilbert served as a teacher in St. Stanislaus School, Sayreville, from 1983-86. She went on to administer the Felician Sisters’ Infirmary, which she held 986-89. Her ministry experience also includes teaching speech at the Felician School for Exceptional Children and caring for orphans in Our Lady of Grace Home for Children, Newark, Del. In 1993, she was transferred to the infirmary.

In addition to Father Szaroleta, she is survived by her sister, Cecilia Skarzynski of Akron, Ohio; her brother, Sylvester Szaroleta of Wilmington, Del., and by many members of her extended family.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Shook Funeral Home, Clifton. Interment was in the Felician Sisters’ Cemetery, Lodi.

Felician Sister Mary Fabiola Ratajczak

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 14 in Our Lady of Lourdes Hall, Felician Sisters Infirmary, Lodi, for Felician Sister Mary Fabiola Ratajczak. An elementary school teacher serving in the diocese, Sister Mary Fabiola died Feb. 10.

The former Helen Ratajczak was born in Perth Amboy in 1914. She entered the Felician Sisters’ Congregation in Lodi in 1933, and professed her final vows Aug. 13, 1941. Sister Mary Fabiola received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in guidance from Seton Hall University, South Orange.

Serving in a number of teaching and administrative capacities in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, she taught in St. Stanislaus School, Sayreville, 1945-47; Sacred Heart School, South Amboy, 1962-64; Immaculate Conception School, Spotswood, 1967-68, and, Bishop Ahr High School, (then St. Thomas Aquinas) 1970-89, where she served as a guidance counselor.

When she retired to the provincial house in 1995, continuing to assist and support members of her community. In 2001, Sister Mary Fabiola was transferred to Our Lady of Lourdes Hall.

She is survived by her sister, Frances Ratajczak of Perth Amboy, and her nephews David and Paul of Columbia.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Shook Funeral Home, Clifton. Interment was in the Felician Sisters’ Cemetery, Lodi.

Arduino D’Amico, grandfather of Carteret pastor

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 26 in St. Joseph Church, Carteret, for Arduino D’Amico, who died Feb. 24 in Greenbrook Manor Nursing Home, Greenbrook.

Mr. D’Amico, 95, was the grandfather of Father Edward C. Puleo, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Carteret, and administrator of St. Elizabeth Parish, Carteret.

Born in Italy, Mr. D’Amico came to the United States in 1925. He lived in Queens, N.Y. and 10 years ago moved to Whitehouse Station.

A member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Whitehouse Station, and the Knights of Columbus, Mr. D’Amico was a veteran of World War II, where he served as a staff sergeant. For his service in the military, he received an American Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal and Good Conduct and the World War II Victory Medal. He was also a member of the American Legion.

In addition to Father Puleo, Mr. D’Amico is survived by his wife of 77 years, Maria (Marinelli); two daughters, Silvana Puleo of Lebanon and Johanna D’Amico of Elmhurst, N.Y.; his brother, Luigi, and his sister, Sister Maria Carmine, both of Italy; his grandson, Anthony Puleo of Vermont; three great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Goldstein Funeral Chapel, Inc., Edison. Interment was in St. Bernard Cemetery, Bridgewater. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mr. D’Amico’s memory to: St. Joseph Catholic School, 865 Roosevelt Avenue, Carteret, N.J. 07008.

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