Sister Mary Anastasia Skwara, RSM
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Anastasia Skwara, RSM, who died on April 4, 22, at the age of 93.
Sister Anastasia was born in Niagara Falls, NY in 1928 to Anthony and Agnes (Filaroska) Skwara. She attended Farmington High School, before entering the Sisters of Mercy from St. Joseph Parish in Farmington. She began her religious formation at Our Lady of Mercy College, now Saint Joseph's College of Maine in Standish, and spent several years teaching before being assigned to Mercy Hospital in Portland to assist in EKG and the pharmacy. She continued her education at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, Mass., graduating first in her class. She went on to serve sa a pharmacist at Mercy hospital for nearly 40 years. She then served as coordinator of resident services at Deering Pavilion for more than 20 years before retiring from active ministry.
Sister Anastasia also worked to help those battling the disease of alcoholism. She served on the Maine Council on Alcohol and Drug Prevention Treatment, and received a degree with an emphasis on addition from Rutgers University School in New Jersey.