Sister Joan Gavron, 89, formerly Sister Mary Zita, a Sister of Mercy for 72 years, died on November 9, 2021. Sister Joan was born in Sayreville, New Jersey on April 3, 1932 and attended St. Mary's High School in South Amboy. Her parents encouraged spiritual values in their four daughters and one son, and her mother encouraged them all to become teachers.
Sister Joan entered the Sisters of Mercy Community in 1949 and earned degrees in Education and History at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, and Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her generous spirit, lively personality and faith in God and people, made her a favorite with faculty and students. She was an engaging teacher, a leader and inspirer of the students and staff in numerous New Jersey Catholic schools including St. Paul Elementary School, Princeton, Cathedral High School, Trenton, Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville and Holy Spirit High School, Absecon, St. Pius X High School, Piscataway, St. Peter High School, New Brunswick. Sister was a principal at St. Mary's High School, South Amboy, her alma mater.
Sister Joan was a consistent and positive presence throughout her life. Her love for God and God’s people, near and far, was ever present in her words and actions, as was her commitment to and efforts in support of Catholic Schools.
Sister Joan loved books, movies and travel, and rooted chiefly for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the New York Mets. She stayed connected to and is survived by her sisters, Doris Evanovich, Laverne Bauer and Mary Ann Gavron, her brother Raymond Gavron and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as the Sisters of Mercy and numerous friends and former students.
Visitation will take place in Immaculate Conception Chapel at Mount Saint Mary, 1645 Highway 22, Watchung, NJ on Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
Wake: 9:00 – 11:00 AM
Welcome Home 10:00 AM
Funeral Mass 11:00 AM
Burial to follow at Holy Redeemer, South Plainfield, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the Sisters of Mercy or the Catholic School of your choice.