Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, June 24, 2018

HAMDEN – Sister Maria (Ercolina) DalZovo, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for 81 years, died on Oct. 17, 2011, at Sacred Heart Manor, where she had resided.

She was born on May 11, 1908, in San Giovanni, Ilarione, Italy, a daughter of the late Domenico and Erminia Gecchele DalZovo. She entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Sept. 12, 1928, in Alessandria, Italy, and professed her first vows May 3, 1930, and her perpetual vows in New Haven on Aug. 26, 1937.

Sister Maria came to the United States as a missionary in 1930 and became a naturalized citizen in 1944. She cared for the orphans at St. Anthony’s Home in New Haven and at St. Anthony’s Village in Oakmont, Pa. She taught in elementary schools in New York and Pennsylvania and at Sacred Heart Manor Nursery and Kindergarten in Hamden. She also ministered in parish work at St. Donato in New Haven and nursing care at Mount Sacred Heart. She retired to Sacred Heart Manor in 1988 and then focused her ministry on prayer.

Sister Maria was predeceased by her parents, her brother Joseph and her sisters Giudita DalZovo and Giuseppina Felzani. She is survived by a nephew and the sisters in her order.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 21 in the chapel at the manor. Burial followed in All Saints Cemetery in North Haven.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Manor, 261 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514-2801.