Sister Mary Lucy served for 55 years in Omaha

Servant of Mary Sister Mary Lucy Bottosto, whose 73 years of religious life included 55 years with the Servants of Mary community in Omaha, died Feb. 25 in Omaha.  She was 96.

A funeral Mass was held Feb. 27 at Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel at the order’s motherhouse in Omaha, with interment in the motherhouse cemetery.

A native of Massena, N.Y., Sister Mary Lucy entered the Servants of Mary in 1943, professing first vows in 1945 and final vows in 1950. 

She served as a housekeeper for most of her religious life, beginning at Sacred Heart Parish in East St. Louis from 1945 to 1950, and St. Juliana Parish in Detroit from 1950 to 1956.

She then came to Our Lady of Sorrows motherhouse in Omaha, where she served for two years before moving to Immaculate Conception Parish in Sioux City, Iowa.

Sister Mary Lucy returned to Omaha in 1966 at Holy Name Parish, where she served until her retirement in 1987. Since then she has been involved in prayer ministry and community service at the motherhouse in Omaha.

Sister Mary Lucy was preceded in death by parents, Tullo and Thomasine Bottosto; twin sister, Natalie Lafian; sisters, Virginia Prawdzik, Rose Salerno, Mary Smith, Marguerite Symonds and Yolanda Florio; brother, Samuel. She is survived by a nephew, nieces, cousin and the Servants of Mary community.

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