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Sr Ann Hostovich RSM
August 16, 1927 ~ December 4, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Sister Ann Hostovich RSM, (Sr. M. Antoinette – Anna Kathryn Hostovich) a Pittsburgh Sister of Mercy for 77 years, died at the Convent of Mercy on December 4, 2023. Born in Latrobe, Pa. she was 96 years old. Daughter of George and Anna (Rezak) Hostovich, Sister Ann entered the Sisters of Mercy from St. Vincent Parish in Latrobe, Pa., and made final vows in 1952.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carlow University with a minor in French, an M.Ed. from Duquesne University, and an MSW from Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. Sister Ann taught youth in the Diocese of Pittsburgh at St. Regis, St. Agnes, Our Lady of Lourdes, Epiphany, St. Agnes, St. Colman’s, Our Lady of Mercy Academy, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in both the grade school and high school. She was a guidance counselor at Domenec High School and Lawrenceville Catholic High School.
After working in the Pittsburgh Diocese as a teacher and guidance counselor, Sister Ann moved to Florida and served the Miami Diocese as a teacher, principal, and guidance counselor in many Miami high schools, including Madonna Academy in Hollywood, Fla., St. Brendan High School and St. Thomas the Apostle in Miami and St. Coleman in Pompano Beach, Fla. She also worked with the Jewish Family Service of Broward County and Catholic Community Services of Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. From 1993 until her retirement in 2002, Sister Ann worked in public relations at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Upon her arrival at Holy Cross, Sister Ann was immediately recognized by one of her former students from St. Coleman’s who worked at the hospital! Sister Ann greeted people at the hospital’s information desk and had the reputation of making people feel welcomed. She loved attending social events sponsored by Holy Cross where she became the face of the Sisters of Mercy.
Sister Ann was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Mary Allegro, George Hostovich, Jr., Margaret Bury, John Hostovich, Michael Hostovich, Bertha Matsko, Elizabeth Dumnich, Suzanne Loyacona, and Richard Hostovich. She is survived by a sister, Eleanor Brenner, and many nieces and nephews. A private funeral liturgy will be held Wednesday, December 6, at 11:00 a.m. and livestreamed at https://vimeo.com/event3934920 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.