Sister Estelle Maria Chopnak

September 23, 1937 - June 21, 2021

Visitation: Saturday, June 26th from 9-11AM at St. Louise Chapel, 8200 McKnight Rd., Pgh, PA 15237

Service: Saturday, June 26th at 11AM, St. Louise Chapel, 8200 McKnight Rd., Pgh, PA 15237


Sister Maria Estelle Chopnak, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, was called to her heavenly home on June 21, 2021 at the age of 83 and in the 67th year of her religious life. Sister entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. Michael Church in Munhall, PA in 1954.

Sr. Maria Estelle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from

(Mt. Mercy) Carlow College and a Masters in Administration from the University of Dayton. She taught in elementary schools in Pittsburgh, Greensburg and Youngstown, Ohio for 27 years. Sister Maria Estelle also served as Principal in

Mt. Pleasant, North Huntingdon, and Masontown, PA for a total of 12 years. In 1998, Sr. Estelle took a position in Pastoral Ministry at Light of Hearts Villa in Bedford, Ohio where she served for 14 years until illness forced her to retire and be admitted to Vincentian Home.

The last couple of years of Sister Estelle’s life were spent in prayer as she patiently suffered her illness.

Sister Estelle treasured her religious vocation and said that the love of God and the wonderful living out of the charity mission by the Sisters is what drew her to become a sister. When sisters were asked to describe what was special about Sister Maria Estelle, they all mentioned her quick wit and sense of humor.

Sister Maria Estelle was preceded in death by her parents Paul and Elizabeth Chopnak and her brother Edward. She is survived by cousins, friends and her Sisters in Community.

Friends will be received at Sacred Heart Chapel, 8200 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, June 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in the chapel on Saturday, June 26 at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment in the Sister’s cemetery on the convent grounds.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Office of Congregation Mission, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY 40048-0009.

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