Sister Mary Bede (Agnes) Piotrowski, 90, was born April 23, 1922, in Plover, Wisconsin, to Gertrude (Sankey) and Leo Piotrowski. Sister Mary Bede entered the Community of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in September 1940. She was received in August 1941 and celebrated her diamond jubilee in 2001.
After obtaining her bachelor's degree Sister Mary Bede pursued graduate studies in home economics at Stout State University and Viterbo University. Sister Mary Bede served 45 years as an educator, teaching at both elementary and secondary schools in the Green Bay Diocese, Texas, North Dakota and Alabama. She retired from teaching in 1989. A longtime advocate for the poor, Sister Mary Bede opened the Poverello Gift Shop in Egg Harbor which she operated for 10 years. Proceeds from the gift shop were donated to the poor in Appalachia and the Dominican Republic. Sister Mary Bede resided at the Motherhouse continuing to make craft items for the poor and the annual Sisters' Bazaar.
Sister Mary Bede is survived by her sisters, Lillian Walker of Miami, Fla.; Sister Romana Piotrowski on Tuscon, Ariz.; and Mary Ann Wrycza of Appleton; and by the members and Associates of her Community, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Tecla and Alice and brothers Chester, Larry, and Melvin.
Sister will be remembered for her love of community, the poor and those in need, sewing/crafts especially Raggedy Ann dolls, teaching home economics and her gift of storytelling.
If you would like to offer a memorial gift in Sister Mary Bede's honor, please see our online form or our mail-in form. Your gift will suport the care and ministries of our Sisters. Thank you and God bless!
3110 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54311-7212