OSSINING, N.Y. -- Sister Theresa Marie Maksym, MM, missioner-educator in Panama, Guatemala and Mexico, died May 6 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Ossining, NY. She was 87.
Born in Jamaica, NY, on Jan. 7, 1928, to Konstanty and Janina Lazowska Maksym, Sister Theresa entered Maryknoll on Oct. 5, 1946 at its motherhouse in Ossining from St. Joseph’s Parish, Jamaica, N.Y. She received the religious name Sister M. Francis Christine, made her First Profession of Vows on April 6, 1949, at the motherhouse, and her Final Vows on April 6, 1952, in Panama.
A 1945 graduate of Jamaica High School, Jamaica, NY, Sister Theresa also held a bachelor’s degree in education from Maryknoll Teachers College, earned in 1958, and attended Maryknoll Seminary in Spring 1976.
Sister Theresa taught in Panama, Ancon, Guatemala, Mexico and the Yucatan. She served for 42 years in Mexico.
Sister Theresa is survived by a sister, Helen Golonka of Kew Garden Hills, N.Y., a brother, Carl Maksym of Yonkers, NY, and a niece.
A vespers service will be held for Sister Theresa on Thursday, May 14, at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center at Maryknoll. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Friday, May 15 at 11 a.m. in the same location.
Interment will be in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery on the Center grounds. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Dorsey Funeral Home, Inc. in Ossining
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