Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, April 23, 2018

HAMDEN – Sister Maria Aloysius Como, of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died on Sept. 16, 2011, at Sacred Heart Manor. She was 88 years old.

She was born on Sept. 11, 1923, in McKeesport, Pa., a daughter of the late Joseph and Philomena Chiaverini Como. She entered her order on Dec. 31, 1940, in New Haven, and professed her perpetual vows Aug. 23, 1949.

She began her more than 60 years of ministry at St. Anthony’s Home in New Haven. She then taught in elementary schools in New York and at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden.

Sister Aloysius was the founding principal at Reverend Daniel J. Barry Junior High School (formerly Blessed Sacrament Junior High School) in Hamden. She also was a principal at schools in Florida, New York and California.

In her later years,Sister Aloysius worked with physically and mentally challenged children and young adults at Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children in Greensburg, Pa. She retired to Sacred Heart Manor in 2009.

Sister Aloysius earned a Bachelor of Science degree in French from Fordham University in New York and a master’s degree in French from Fairfield University.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers Guy, John and William, and her sister Victoria. She is survived by two other sisters, Sister Clotilde Como, a member of the same order, of Sacred Heart Manor; and Tillie Gricar of McKeesport; as well as a nephew; grandniece; grandnephew; great-grandnieces; and the sisters in her order.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 19 in the chapel at Sacred Heart Manor. Burial followed in All Saints Cemetery in North Haven.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Manor, 261 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514.