Sister Anna Tarnaukas FMM (M. Ona of the Precious Blood)
Sr. Anna (or Ann as she is known to us) was born on July 4, 1928 in Westfield, Massachusetts. After completing her studies in Mercy School of Nursing qualifying as an RN, Ann entered the FMM March 14, 1951 at Fruit Hill. She made First Vows, September 17 1953. Prior to her Final Vows (in 1956) Ann was sent in mission as a nurse in St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY until 1967. She was then sent to Our Lady of Hope in Tamu, Liberia, W. Africa, where her mission was to serve as a clinic nurse until 1970 when she was missioned to Queen of Peace in Liberia, where she was a hospital nurse and superior until 1973. Her next mission was to Jirapa, Ghana where she served as a nurse in St. Joseph Hospital until 1976.
Returning to the United States that same year, Sr. Ann was missioned to Winslow, Arizona serving as a clinic nurse, in the Santa Fe Railroad clinic. Here Ann served the workers who were in accidents and as well as people in the neighborhood and some migrants accompanied by the police.
In 1977-1979 Ann studied for a B.A. in Psychology and Counseling at Emmanuel College, Boston, and then was missioned to Indian Hospital, Our Lady of the Angels in St. Michael’s Arizona. She continued using her skills in nursing and social service when missioned to McMahon Services for Children where she served the children in foster care from 1982 to 1997. At that time, Ann was then missioned to our FMM community in Pawtucket where she served in an Early Childhood Care Center and later returned in mission to St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, to be in Pastoral Care from 2000 to 2004. Finally, Ann was missioned to De Chappotin Community, N. Providence where she served as a Case Manager at the Day Care Center for the Elderly at Fruit Hill until 2014.
While at De Chappotin Community at Fruit Hill, Ann’s ministry was prayer and some early morning poetry duty at the main house. Ann’s whole missionary life was centered on caring for the sick and for children in difficult situations where she brought her skill, patience, and caring presence to all, deeply aware of the presence of God’s peace and love with her. Sr. Ann went home to God on May 29, 2020.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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