Sr. Mary Celine Rachwal, age 89 of the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer of Elizabeth Twp., passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020 in UPMC McKeesport. Born January 19, 1931 in Niebocko, Poland, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Catherine (Kopczk) Rachwal. A Professed Sister of the Divine Redeemer for 68 years, Sr. Celine received her BSE in elementary education and business education from Duquesne University, her MA in Administration and Secondary Education from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and her Magistrere in French Language and Civilization from the Sorbonne, Paris. She worked as a high school French teacher for many years and served as treasurer for the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer. In her spare time, Sr. Celine loved to garden, was an excellent seamstress, and enjoyed crocheting. Sr. Celine is survived by her Sisters of the Divine Redeemer; her sister-in-law Ruth Rachwal; her nieces Valerie (Robert) Bolhouse, Diana (Gary) Skalski, Jenny (Walter) Jominy, and Cyndi (Philip) Roberge; and many grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Helen Coll and Sr. M. Adrienne Rachwal, S.D.R. and her brother Matthew Rachwal.
Friends will be received on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in the Sisters of the Divine Redeemer Motherhouse, 999 Rock Run Rd., Elizabeth, PA 15037 from 9 AM until a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial in the Motherhouse chapel with Fr. Edwin Wichman officiating. Procession and burial will follow in Divine Redeemer Cemetery. Arrangements by the Daniel F. Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory, 4504 Walnut St., Versailles Borough, McKeesport, PA 15132 (412-678-3454) www.bekavacfuneralhome.com
Originally published October 04, 2020.