Sister Barbara Sitko, H.M., formerly Sister M. Dolorosa, died Sunday, May 27, 2018 at McGee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh.
Sister Barbara was a gifted woman with many talents and interests. She taught at the secondary and university levels, engaging her students and drawing out the best in them. She played the piano by ear, loved to read and attend live theatre and the movies and to discuss these widely. She also loved to cook.
A 1956 graduate of Lourdes Academy, Cleveland she entered the Sisters of the Humility of Mary that same year and professed her first vows in 1959. She completed her BA in English and French graduating magna cum laude from Notre Dame College of Cleveland in 1962. Her MA in literature in 1976 was from Bucknell University, Lewiston, PA. She was awarded her PhD in rhetoric in 1990 from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
In the Cleveland Diocese she taught at Magnificat High School, Rocky River.
In the Pittsburgh diocese Sr. Barbara taught at Villa Maria High School, Villa Maria, PA and later was an instructor at Carnegie-Mellon University. While serving at Washington State University, Pullman, WA she served as a council member on the Leadership Team of the HM Sisters travelling the long distance as needed. She was the first president/CEO of Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center from 2005-08.
In the Archdiocese of Atlanta she taught at St. Pius X High School in Atlanta from 1972-85.
In the Diocese of Spokane from 1989-95 Sr. Barbara was an assistant professor at Washington State University at Pullman and from 1995-2005 was an associate professor of English there.
After 2008 Sr. Barbara never considered herself totally retired as she offered her time and attention at Villa Maria as a hospitality volunteer for VMESC, a library volunteer and periodically as organist for Mass and other services.
She is survived by her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation and her brothers, Norbert A. Sitko, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, and Joseph Sitko, Bermuda Dunes, California.
She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph V. and Julia (Mejak) Sitko.