Sister Ana Rosa de la Cruz-Segarra (Sister Mary Clotilde), a Pittsburgh Sister of Mercy for 66 years, died at the Convent of Mercy on May 11, 2021. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she was 83 years old. Daughter of José and Rosa-María (Segarra) de la Cruz, Sister Ana Rosa entered the Sisters of Mercy from San Mateo, Santurce, Puerto Rico in 1954 and made final vows in 1960.
Sister Ana Rosa received a BA from Carlow College (now Carlow University) and a MA from Case Western University in Cleveland. She taught in Holy Family Elementary School in Latrobe and St. Elizabeth High School in Pleasant Hills before returning to Puerto Rico. There, Sister Ana Rosa taught at Colegio Nuestra Señora de la Merced in San Juan and also taught and served as principal at Colegio San Antonio in Rio Piedras, Colegio Puertorriqueño de Niñas in Santurce and Colegio Nuestra Señora de Lourdes in San Juan. Upon retiring to Pittsburgh in 2009, Ana Rosa served in the prayer ministry of the Sisters.
On the occasion of her 65th jubilee, Ana Rosa wrote: “It wasn’t easy leaving (Puerto Rico) and re-entering a community so different from the one I entered…But God’s loving mercy gave me the courage to step into the future with trust and joy.”
Sister Ana Rosa was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Iván de la Cruz Segarra all of Puerto Rico. There will be a private funeral service at the Convent of Mercy, 3333 Fifth Avenue, 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 the Carlow University Scholarship Fund. Arrangements entrusted to the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Avenue.