With joy and gratitude, we celebrate the lives and service of our sisters who are celebrating jubilee milestones this year!



Lucille DeStefano, SSJ — 75 years

Sr. Lucille DeStefano, SSJ, was born in Ridgway, PA to the late Michael and Helen Delpozzo DeStefano.  As a young girl, she was greatly influenced by the Sisters of St. Joseph as she observed their good works for members of … Read More

Mary Carol Hoke, SSJ — 70 years

Sister Mary Carol Hoke, SSJ, was born in Meadville, PA, to Arthur Charles and Marion Josephine Chalot Hoke. Following high school, she worked as a secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Highways for more than four years. She attended mass … Read More

Maria Onuffer, SSJ — 70 years

Sister Maria Onuffer, SSJ, was born in Lewis Run, PA, to John and Anna Hvizdak Onuffer. After graduating from  St. Bernard High School in Bradford with the highest commercial honors, she earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from Villa … Read More

Barbara Ann Zakutney, SSJ — 70 years

Sister Barbara Ann Zakutney, SSJ, was born in Houtzdale, PA, to Stephen and Elizabeth Susko Zakutney.  After completing high school, she graduated from Villa Maria College, Erie, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She also studied at the University … Read More

Michele Healy, SSJ — 60 years

Sister Michele Healy, SSJ, was born in Ridgway, PA, to Clair and Lulu Margaret McDonald Healy. Following high school, she received a bachelor’s degree in education from Villa Maria College, a master’s in theology from St. Bonaventure University, and a … Read More

Moira Sullivan, SSJ — 60 years

Sister Moira Sullivan, SSJ, was born in Johnsonburg, PA, to William H. and Elsie Penfield Sullivan. After completing high school, she attended Villa Maria College in Erie and earned a BS in English. While there and after initially resisting the … Read More

Claudia Dombrowski, SSJ — 50 years

Sister Claudia Dombrowski, SSJ, was born in Erie, PA, to the late Harry and Joan (Bronakowski).  She graduated from Villa Maria College, where she earned a BS in elementary education.  She later earned an MEd from Xavier University in Cincinnati … Read More

Phyllis McCracken, SSJ – 50 years

Phyllis McCracken, SSJ, was born in Meadville, PA, to Robert and Pauline Snyder McCracken. After graduating from Franklin High School in Franklin, PA, she attended Spencer School of Nursing and Villa Maria College and earned a Diploma RN and BSN … Read More