NEW BRITAIN – Sister Mary Virginia (Emily) Stefanowicz, 94, a member of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, died on Jan. 14, 2014. A native of Harrison, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Sophie Stefanowicz.
She entered the Daughters of Mary on Oct. 23, 1933. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and a Master of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America.
Sister Mary Virginia taught locally at Sacred Heart School and the former Mary Immaculate Academy, as well as in the order’s parish schools in New Jersey. She also served as an organist in her religious community and in local parishes. In her later years, Sister Mary Virginia assisted at Monsignor Bojnowski Manor.
She is survived by her niece, Maria Fillipone of Union Beach, N.J. She was predeceased by her brother Walter.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 14 in the chapel of the motherhouse, Marian Heights. Burial in Immaculate Conception Cemetery followed.
Memorial donations may be made to the Daughters of Mary, 314 Osgood Ave., Suite No. 408, New Britain, CT 06053.