Sr. Anne Katherine Binkowski, M.S.M.G., 92, died peacefully at the convent of the Missionary Sisters of Mother of God (711 N Franklin St. Philadelphia, PA 19123) on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Born in Derby, CT on April 14, 1929, she was the youngest daughter of the late John and Mary Grabowski Binkowski. Sr. Anne was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ansonia, CT. After graduating from Derby High School, she completed a training program to become a hairdresser. She then owned and operated a hair salon for 10 years with her good friend Grace Ceraso.
On June 15, 1963, at age 34, she entered the MSMG convent at Stamford, CT. She made her first profession in 1966 and took Final Vows on January 1, 1972. Sr. Anne worked for 20 years (1972-92) at Mother of God Academy in various capacities, including high school secretary, chief maintenance engineer, prefect of resident students; she was also an instructor of typing, bookkeeping, accounting, childcare and earth science. She held the position of Headteacher at St. Ann’s Nursery School for 40 years (1972-2012), teaching multiple generations of young souls not only their ABC’s and 123’s, but their first prayers, and lovingly instilling virtue and devotion to Jesus and Mary.
Sr. Anne used her talents to help the Congregation with the publication of The ARK, the training of novices, as well as serving as a Councilor, landscaper and vegetable gardener. She enjoyed hands-on work, drawing, wood carving, and watching football. Her favorite book for spiritual reading was the Bible and she cherished praying in Old Church Slavonic. Sr. Ann was a unique and noble soul, a woman of strong convictions and a lively wit who always exhibited a spirit of heartfelt gratitude. It was therefore quite fitting that her last full day on this earth was the celebration of Thanksgiving!
Surviving are a brother, William (Maura "Mary") Binkowski of Derby; many fond nieces and nephews, including Alice Odoy (Edwin) and Jean Petriw Walker (Scott) of Derby; as well as many beloved great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death her siblings: Mary (Paul) Mudry, Anna (Stephen) Petriw, John (Martha) Binkowski, Julia Binkowski, Peter Binkowski, Helen Binkowski, Paul Binkowski, and Msgr. George Binkowski.
Funeral will be on Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 830 N Franklin St. Philadelphia, PA 19123. Viewing at 9:30 A.M. with Requiem Divine Liturgy to be celebrated by Bishop Andriy Rabiy and members of the clergy at 10:30 A.M. Interment will directly follow at Our Lady of Sorrows Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, 2590 Village Rd, Langhorne, PA 19047.
In lieu of flowers, Divine Liturgies for the soul of Sr. Anne, MSMG, are most appreciated.
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