Sister Mary Ann Tantalo, SSND; taught at Irondequoit Catholic schools

Gina Capellazzi/Catholic Courier    |    06.11.2019
Category: Obituaries


School Sister of Notre Dame Mary Ann Tantalo (formerly Sister Mary Prudentius), who served at Bishop Kearney High School in Irondequoit for 25 years, died May 8, 2019, in Wilton, Conn. She was 105 years old.

Sister Tantalo graduated from School No. 43 and John Marshall High School in Rochester. Following graduation, she studied business and did stenographic work and bookkeeping at two businesses. She also worked for 10 years at Amour and Co. before considering religious life.

Sister Tantalo entered the novitiate on July 16, 1947, and professed her first vows on Aug. 3, 1948. From 1949-74, she taught at schools in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Tampa, Fla.; Baltimore, Md.; Trumbull, Conn.; and Westbury and Warwick, N.Y. During that time, she also taught at St. Margaret Mary School in Irondequoit.

Sister Tantalo worked at Bishop Kearney High School in Irondequoit as a librarian, media specialist and math teacher from 1974-93, and with the volunteer ministry from 1993-99. She retired in 1999 and moved to Villa Notre Dame in Wilton, Conn.

Her funeral liturgy was celebrated at Chapel at Villa Notre Dame on May 10, 2019, with burial at St. Mary Cemetery in Bethel, Conn.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Atlantic — Midwest Province, c/o Development Office, 345 Belden Hill Road, Wilton, CT 06897

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