Sister Mary Angeline Mastro

ALBANY _ Sister Mary Angeline Mastro RSM (Annunciata Mastro) died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Convent of Mercy, Albany.

Born in Oneonta, she was the daughter of the late Carmine Mastro and Rose Pedrone Mastro. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the College of Saint Rose, Albany.

Sister Angeline had been a Sister of Mercy for 72 years. Sister ministered as a teacher at St. Paul the Apostle, Troy; St. Patrick's, Ravena; Sacred Heart, Watervliet; St. Mary's, Ballston Spa; St. John's, Rensselaer; St. Mary's, Oneonta; St. Agnes, Cohoes; and Our Lady of Mercy, Albany. She also served as vice-principal at Waterford Catholic Central and as principal at St. Mary's, Ballston Spa; and St. Teresa of Avila, Albany.

After she formally retired from her ministry of education, Sister continued to be involved in service. Until her death, she volunteered as a part-time receptionist at McAuley Residence and took her turn as well at answering the phone at the Motherhouse. Sister Angeline modeled that blend of prayer and action that marked the vision of Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

A gentle spirit, she truly treasured times of contemplation. She had special devotion to the Blessed Mother. From the depths of her prayer life she moved easily and with boundless energy into ministry. She loved to cook and contributed an abundance of delicious baked goods to fundraising events. She reached out to people through parish visitation, census taking, or by her quiet presence and willingness to listen. Having experienced a lengthy illness at one time in her life, she was able to reach out in compassion to those who struggled with sickness.

In addition to her parents, Sister Mary Angeline was predeceased by her siblings and their spouses, Theodore Mastro (Betty), Julie Mastrangeli (Louis), Dominic Mastro (Betty), Patsy Mastro (Gloria) and Mary Cole.

She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins as well as by her religious community, the Sisters of Mercy.

Viewing hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in the Chapel of the Convent of Mercy, 634 New Scotland Ave., Albany. Relatives and friends are welcome and invited to attend a Prayer Service of Remembrance in the Chapel at 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, in the Chapel. Interment will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush.

Contributions in memory of Sister Mary Angeline may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany, NY 12208.

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