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Sister M. Marietta (Virginia) Bankos, OSF St. Francis Academy educator

Sister M. Marietta (Virginia) Bankos, 93, of the School Sisters of St. Francis, U.S. Province, died Sept. 11, 2022, in Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem. She was in the 76th year of religious profession.

She was a daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Barlok) Bankos.

She entered the community in 1942 from Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Northampton, and professed first vows in 1946 at Mount Assisi Convent, Pittsburgh.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a major in business education from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in business education from Marywood College.

She taught business and math courses at St. Francis Academy, Bethlehem, for 10 years. She taught in elementary grade schools in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. She was the organist in several parishes where she taught.

She was a Provincial Secretary and Archivist for the former Bethlehem Province and on general administration level in Rome, Italy. She was an assistant archivist and then archivist for the U.S. Province. In 2016, she relocated to Bethlehem, where she was in prayer ministry.

She is survived by her religious community; a sister, Ann Fry; nieces; and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, Edward.

Contributions may be made to the School Sisters of St. Francis Retirement Fund, 4900 Perry Highway, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15229. Arrangements were made by Connell Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.