Sister St. Anthony Chrzanak, OSF, passed away peacefully at her home in Bryan, Texas on April 27, 2018, after more than a decade of dedicated service at CHI St. Joseph Health System in Bryan, where she ministered to patients, family members and physicians.
Sister St. Anthony, the daughter of Casimir Chrzanak and Rose Muskala, was born January 2, 1948 in Buffalo, New York and entered the Sisters of St. Francis convent in Sylvania on August 10, 1967.
A long-time teacher and administrator prior to her ministerial service at CHI St. Joseph Health, Sister St. Anthony taught elementary and middle school grades in Catholic schools across Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Louisiana. In 1994, she began working with Brazos Valley seniors as a Gold Medallion/Helpline Assistant at CHI St. Joseph Health, later transitioning to the health system’s Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation facilities in 2012. She celebrated her 50th year as a Sister in the summer of 2017.
Sister St. Anthony held a Master’s degree in Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s in Secondary Education from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio; a Bachelor’s in Social Studies Education from Mary Manse College in Toledo and an Associate’s in Liberal Arts from Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Bryan, Texas.
A devout servant of God, Sister St. Anthony would share joy and God’s peace everywhere she would go and could be heard singing “This is the day that the Lord has made” daily. At daily mass, she prayed this petition, “Respect life from the moment of conception to the natural end. We pray to the Lord for strong conviction to dignity of life.”
A visitation will be held 3-8 pm on Wednesday, May 2 at Hillier Funeral Home, located at 2301 E. 29th Street in Bryan with a Vigil and Rosary to begin at 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 pm on Thursday, May 3 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, located on the corner of W. 29th St. and S. Parker in Bryan, with a reception following at the Malinowski Center.
Memorial gifts may be made in honor of Sister St. Anthony Chrzanak to the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio at 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH 43560, or locally to the CHI St. Joseph Health Foundation to preserve the legacy of the Sisters of St. Francis.