Sr. Zita Stanislaus, RSM
Saturday
8
January

Private - Visitation at Mt. Saint Mary

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Immaculate Conception Chapel at Mount St. Mary's
1645 US Highway 22 West
Watchung, New Jersey, United States
Saturday
8
January

Private - Welcome Home Service

9:30 am
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Immaculate Conception Chapel at Mount Saint Mary
1645 Highway 22 West
Watchung, New Jersey, United States
Saturday
8
January

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 am
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Immaculate Conception Chapel at Mount Saint Mary
1645 Highway 22 West
Watchung, New Jersey, United States

Final Resting Place

St. Mary's Cemetery & Mausoleum - Trenton
1200 Cedar Lane
Hamilton, New Jersey, United States

Obituary of Sr. Zita Stanislaus, RSM

Sister Mary Stanislaus Zita, RSM, formerly Mary Theresa, daughter of Adam Zita and Sophie Zita Conner, and sister to Stanley Zita, all now deceased, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 2, 1919 and grew up in Trenton, New Jersey. She attended St. Mary Grade School and Cathedral High School, both in Trenton, run by the Sisters of Mercy.  After graduating from Cathedral in 1937, she got her first job with the State of New Jersey. Over the next 20 years she moved from machine operator to senior claims supervisor, handling unemployment and disability issues. She was also a caregiver until the death of her mother. She enjoyed the freedom of an apartment and a good income, but the soft, yet insistent call to religious life persisted.

She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1959, completed her education, receiving a B.A. in English and an M.A. in French, and began teaching in St. John School in Collingswood. When the Junior College opened at Mount Saint Mary in Watchung, her secretarial background fitted her well for the role of Registrar. She enjoyed this position and developed a close friendship with the president, Sister Mary Giovanni. On one occasion, noting her age, Sr. Stanislaus told her friend she doubted that she would live to celebrate her Golden Jubilee. Sister Giovanni assured her that she would!

When the college closed, she moved to Camden Catholic High School where she taught French on all four levels for the next 21 years. She firmly believed that immersion in the culture as well as mastering the language was important for her students, and organized frequent trips to expose them to the history, dialects and customs that characterized the different regions. She traveled over summer vacations with friends and was known for also exploring on her own. A scholarship to study at the University of Pau was a highlight of her life.

In retirement, Sister Stanislaus wished she could do more and regretted deeply the gradual decline of her vision. Her patient acceptance of a smaller world was indeed an inspiration. She resided at McAuley Hall Health Care Center until her death on December 29, 2021.        

Funeral arrangements by Higgins Funeral Home, Watchung, NJ:

Date and Location: Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Chapel, Mount Saint Mary, 1645 US Highway 22 West, Watchung, NJ, 07069.

Private Wake - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Welcome Home Service – 9:30 AM

Funeral Liturgy – 10:00 AM

Burial will take place in St. Mary Cemetery, 1200 Cedar Lane, Trenton, NJ.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, 1645 US Highway 22, Watchung, NJ 07069.

Share Your Memory of
Sr. Zita