Sister Pietrina Mazzola, who taught in Hammonton, dies


Sister Pietrina Mazzola, MPF, 96, died early Sunday morning, Nov. 25, at Saint Joseph Hall, Villa Walsh, Morristown, N.J.

She served in the Camden Diocese at Saint Joseph School, Hammonton, 1941-45, 1949-55 and 1958-60.

The Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 28 in Saint Lucy Chapel at Villa Walsh. Interment was in the Ave Maria Cemetery at Villa Walsh.

Born and raised in New York City, in 1922, Sister Pietrina entered the Religious Teachers Filippini in 1937. She received her habit in 1938, and made her religious profession in 1941.

In addition to her time in Hammonton, she taught both in the elementary and high school levels in the Archdioceses of Newark and New York and the Diocese of Trenton.

In 1960, Sister Pietrina moved to Connecticut where she remained for the rest of her professional ministry, serving as principal at several schools.

Although Sister Pietrina retired in 2009, she continued to volunteer at several schools. Visiting hospitals and nursing homes were also part of her continued ministry during these years.

In 2004, she received the Pro Ecclesia Award for distinguished service to the church from the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Sister Pietrina became a resident at Saint Joseph Hall, Home Healthcare Center for the Filippini Sisters in late September 2018, two months prior to her death. “She will always be admired as a faithful community member of the Filippini Sisters,” the community said when announcing her death.

Sister Pietrina is survived by sister Josephine Leone and many devoted nieces and nephews. Donations in memory of Sister Pietrina may be sent to Saint Joseph Hall, c/o Sister Ascenza Tizzano, MPF, Provincial Superior, Villa Walsh, 455 Western Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960.