Born in Vandergrift, PA., December 3, 1929, Sister Estelle was the oldest of three daughters born to John and Anna Sadecky Svezeny. She was baptized December 15, 1929 at Holy Trinity Church, East Vandergrift, PA.
Anna Svezeny entered the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh on August 29, 1950, and was invested as Sister M. Estelle July 1, 1951. She made her first Profession Consecration of Virgins on January 2, 1966, and celebrated her Golden Jubilee
July 13, 2002.
During her religious life Sister M. Estelle taught in elementary grades in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, and Altoona-Johnstown, PA. In 1966 she retired from teaching to serve in the monastery. She remained active and could be seen at all hours of the day and night praying in chapel until her last few months when physical conditions confined her to her room. She had a deep love for the Church and Eucharist and will be remembered as quiet, soft-spoken,
faith-filled, humble woman of prayer, strong in her beliefs and living her life simply and totally for God.
Besides her religious community, Sister Estelle is survived by her sisters, Mrs. Mildred Sutara, wife of Steve, living in Natrona Heights, PA, and Mrs. Irene Woscek, wife of William from Gibsonia, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Viewing will be at Saint Benedict Monastery, 3526 Bakerstown Road, Bakerstown 15007, Monday, August 15, 3:00-7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, August 16, 1:30 – 4:30. A Vigil service will be held at the Monastery on Monday at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the Monastery Chapel.