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Born May 1, 1922 in Jamaica, NY to John and Katherine Poska Matusik and baptized at St. Joseph Church, Laura grew up sharing the joys and triumphs of a big family.
Laura and her siblings were educated at St. Joseph School by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. She attended and graduated from John Adams Public High School. Quite adept in the business world, she worked in government jobs until she entered the Congregation at 30 years old on January 13, 1952. She professed final vows on August 11, 1960.
She was a member of the first graduating class at Holy Family College (now Holy Family University), graduating with a BA in 1958. She went on to earn an MA at Marywood College in 1968.
Following a brief time at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Scranton, PA., Sr. Lauretta began her life-long love of teaching the young women at Nazareth Academy High School in Philadelphia as a teacher, a mentor, and a friend to so many young women. She taught there for 42 years.
In 1997, Sr. Lauretta retired from her position at Nazareth Academy High School, but her heart remained there. Her students continued to keep in touch with her. In retirement, Sr. Lauretta served as the receptionist and took care of the mail delivery at the provincial offices. Collecting cancelled stamps for the missions, clipping coupons for those in need, and corresponding with family and friends were daily activities that followed her when she moved to Mount Nazareth in Philadelphia in 2007. She never missed an opportunity to support one of her sisters who was in need of her thoughtful notes and promise of prayer. She also treasured the love of her family and friends.
Sr. Lauretta passed away on January 1, 2021, on the feast of Our Lady at Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia. Her interment was private in keeping with current health and safety guidelines of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth – Holy Family Province.
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