Sr. Jane FadgenJanuary 9, 2018
Sister Jane Fadgen, (Sister M. Edith) a Pittsburgh Sister of Mercy for 58 years, died at the Convent of Mercy on January 9, 2018. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. she was 76 years old. Daughter of John F. and Louise E. (Lake) Fadgen, Sister Jane entered the Sisters of Mercy from St. Titus, Aliquippa, Pa. in 1959 and made final vows in 1965. Sister Jane received a BS degree in Education from Mount Mercy College (now Carlow University). She taught and served as principal at area Catholic schools, such as St. Mary’s, 46th Street, Our Lady of Fatima, Hopewell Township, St. Maurice Elementary School, St. Regis, North American Martyrs and St. Paul Cathedral. Sister Jane worked in parish social ministry at St. Joseph, Verona and St. Raphael, Pittsburgh. Sister Jane was a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council and a recipient of the Manifesting the Kingdom Award. According to Sister Barbara Anne Quinn, Sister Jane was first of all a “friend.” “No matter where you were with her she always ran into someone who she called my friend…even once when she walked down a street in Ireland!” The 2nd thought might be “Sister Jane can help! Get Sister Jane!” She came to the Sisters of Mercy September 7, 1959 with an intense desire to serve God through his people. She was grateful for the gifts He had given her and shared them throughout her life with an unlimited joy and gladness and a smile that warmed your heart as it lit up the room. Her family, community, friends and coworkers knew that she could be counted on to take on a project and see it to the end. She could also be counted on to celebrate with them when the occasion arose! She held many titles and positions both in the schools, parish life and in the diocese. She valued her fourth Vow “to serve the poor, sick and uneducated,” and no task was too small if it would help someone who needed help! Jane probably never met a person whom she didn’t consider her friend! When you remember Sister Jane think of how much fun was had at the many celebrations at home, at work, after community meetings, and even at the beach, ones we shared with her after the work was done and there was time to rest. When you remember Jane remember her smile and know she will always be your friend. Preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Kevin and John, Sister Jane is survived by her brothers James of Pittsburgh, Jerome of Plantation, Fla., and Joseph of Falls Church, Va., as well as many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. at the Convent of Mercy, 3333 Fifth Avenue. Visitation until the Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 12 in the Chapel at the Convent of Mercy, followed by interment in St. Xavier Cemetery, Latrobe. Arrangements entrusted to the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 3333 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213 or Carlow University Scholarship Fund.