Sister Rita A. Engel
Sister Rita Ann (Laurina) Engel, Sister of Christian Charity, entered eternal life on Sept. 10, 2018, following a long illness at Mallinckrodt Convent, Mendham, N.J. Sister was 84 years of age.
Born in Williamsport, Feb. 22, 1934, Sister Rita Ann was the daughter of Beatrice (Mushena) and Lawrence Engel. Sister entered the Sisters of Christian Charity on Aug. 30, 1959, and professed her final vows on Aug. 15, 1968.
Her years of ministry were in the field of Catholic education, having served as an elementary and secondary teacher in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, she performed clerical work in the education department of Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, Pa., and worked as a billing clerk with Susquehanna Physicians Services at Divine Providence Hospital in Williamsport.
Following her years of apostolic service, Sister assumed the duties of general help at Holy Family Convent in Danville and then transferred to the new Motherhouse in Mendham, N.J., in May, 2018.
Sister is survived by her sister, Mary Urbano, other relatives and the Sisters of Christian Charity.
Viewing will be Thursday, Sept. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. with evening prayer at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Mary Immaculate, Motherhouse, Mendham, N.J.
Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Motherhouse with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery on the Motherhouse property.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sister Rita Ann can be made to the Sisters of Christian Charity.
Bailey Funeral Home in Mendham is handling the arrangements.