Obituary written by Sister Barbara Pavlik, OSB
Sister Mary Martha Kacmarek, OSB, 88, of Warren passed away Thursday evening, September 2, 2021 at Villa Maria Community Center in Villa Marie, PA. Sister Martha was born on December 4, 1932 in Chicago , IL the daughter of Jospeh Kacmarek and Mary (Gorel) Kacmarek.
In 1954 Sr. Mary Martha graduated from St. Xavier College in Chicago Il, earning her bachelor’s degree. Shortly after, she entered into formation in religious life with the Sisters of St. Basil in the late 1950’s. For health reasons, she was unable to continue with the Sisters of St. Basil, which lead her to Sisters of Saint Benedict. She entered into formation on June 29, 1966 and made her Final Profession into the Order on June 5, 1971 at Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Warren. In 1974, Sister earned her Masters of science in mathematics degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Over the years, Sr. Mary Martha served in many different roles, most notably as a ECF teacher and math teacher at various schools and as the Treasurer for her Community. Her most significant role came as a hospice volunteer, where she found her true ministry. She tried to live her life according to the psalm, “One thing I ask of the Lord, that I will seek after: To live in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord.” Psalm 27:4. In 2018, she celebrated 50 years, her Golden Jubilee. Sr. Mary Martha will be deeply missed by her Community, her family and all those whose lives she touched.
Sister Mary Martha was preceded in death by 7 of her siblings. She is survived by her oldest brother, Joseph Kacey of Chicago, IL, his wife, Sally, and a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Kacmarek and many nieces, nephews and cousins of whom she was very fond, and with whom she corresponded frequently.
The Liturgical Service for Sister Mary Martha was held on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 11AM at Saints Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Warren, with Very Rev. Richard Lambert and Rev. Kevin Marks presiding. Arrangements were entrusted to the professional care of Sinchak & Sons Funeral Home of Warren.