Sister Elizabeth Urbanek, 93, went home to God on Dec. 4 at Jolenta Convent. She was born in Utica, NY, to John and Matilda Pluta Urbanek. She was a Sister of St. Francis for 74 years.
Sister Elizabeth was missioned in many convents in New York and New Jersey, including Stella Maris Retreat Center, Loretto Rest and for many years, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica, NY.
She will be remembered for her kindness, gentleness, caring and compassion and for all the comfort that she gave to patients and the family members with whom she visited in the hospital. She had a smile that spoke volumes and endeared herself to those whom she encountered.
Sister was predeceased by a sister, Sister Mary Gilbert, OSF, and is survived by her Sisters of St. Francis. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 6 at St. Anthony Convent Chapel, 1024 Court Street. Burial followed in Assumption Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Development Office, 1118 Court Street, Suite #32, Syracuse, NY 13208.