Sister Liliian Lizura, age 76, formerly Sister Mary Rosaleen, died peacefully on March 28, 2017, at McAuley Hall Health Care Center in Watchung, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Stanley and Lillian Lizura from South Amboy, New Jersey. She completed her elementary and secondary education at St. Mary's Grammar School and High School in South Amboy. She was inspired by the example of the Sisters of Mercy she met there and, following her graduation, responded to her own call to religious life in 1957. She continued her education at Georgian Court College (now University) earning a Bachelor of Arts degree and certification in elementary education.
She began her teaching career in St. Paul School in Princeton and, over the course of the next 43 years, taught at St. Paul School in Burlington; St. Matthias School in Somerset; St. Francis Cathedral School in Metuchen; St. Matthew School in Edison and Our Lady of Victories School in Sayreville. Her kind and generous spirit infused her ministry wherever she was assigned and her devotion to her students and to her own family needs was an inspiration to others. Her first love in nature was the sea and framed pictures of the ocean in its many moods were among the things with which she surrounded herself.
In 2004 she moved to St. James Convent in Red Bank, New Jersey, and served as a secretary and receptionist at River Street Commons for several years. In 2011 she joined the retired community at McAuley Hall Health Care Center in Watchung. Her last years were devoted to the ministry of prayer and volunteer service.
Sister Lillian is survived by her sister, Patricia Reick of Hazlet, New Jersey; her niece, Denise Reick Maccaro and her husband Andy and children, Andrea and Allie and her nephew Ted Reick, Jr. and his sons T.J. and Jared.
Visitation will take place at McAuley Hall Health Care Center on Friday, March 31
Wake: 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Welcome Home: 10:00 AM
Mass of Christian Burial: 11:00 AM
Burial: Holy Redeemer Cemetery, South Plainfield, NJ
Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community, 1645 U.S. Highway 22 West, Watchung, New Jersey. 07069.