Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

ENFIELD – Felician Sister Marie JoAnn Lewko, principal of St. Bernard’s School in Enfield, died at age 58 on Feb. 15, 2010, at Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Enfield.

She was a member of the Felician Sisters community for 39 years.

She was born on Oct. 22, 1951, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of the late John and Theresa (Zur) Lewko. She graduated from the former Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Enfield, where she taught after receiving teaching degrees from Rivier College in Nashua, N.H., and Wesleyan University in Middletown, and entering the Felician Sisters in Enfield.

Sister JoAnn also taught at St. Mary School in Middletown and St. Martha School in Enfield. She was also the principal at St. Martha School and, most recently, at St. Bernard School in Enfield. She also taught in ministries staffed by the Felician Sisters in New York, Massachusetts and Maine.

In addition to the Felician Sisters, she is survived by two sisters, Valerie Walendziak of Uncasville and Lorraine Van Luvender of Brooklyn; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Feb. 20 at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Enfield. Burial followed in St. Adalbert’s Cemetery in Enfield.

Memorial donations may be made to the Felician Sisters Retirement Fund, 1315 Enfield St., Enfield, CT 06082; or St. Bernard School Scholarship Fund, 232 Pearl St., Enfield, CT 06082.