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A native of Erie, PA, the former Sophie Ciuzycki was one of 10 children of deeply religious parents. Her love of music was fostered by family; her father played the concertina and an old pump organ in the family home.
Sophie joined the CSFNs in Pittsburgh. From her earliest days with them, the sisters recognized this musically talented young woman with a beautiful voice and piano skills. Sr. Cecilia received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from Duquesne University. An educator for 54 years, she taught or was an administrator at schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, including Mt. Nazareth Academy, Pittsburgh; St. Joan of Arc School, Library, PA; Our Lady of Czestochowa, Cleveland; St. Frances Cabrini, Allen Park, MI, and Transfiguration, Detroit. From 1982 - 1990, Sr. Cecilia was the director of Mt. Nazareth Learning Center in Pittsburgh; she was the center's music teacher from 1990-1995.
In 2002, Sr. Cecilia retired to Holy Family Manor. She was taken to the hospital on Super Bowl Sunday, and was cheering for "her guys" while watching their victory parade on Feb. 3. She died three days later, on Feb. 6.