Mary Kenneth Hrbal, SCN, 89, was called to her heavenly home on Sunday, May 26, 2019, in the 72nd year of her religious life. Sister entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Johnston, Pennsylvania in 1947 and transferred her vows to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth when the Vincentians merged with the SCN Congregation.
Sister Mary Kenneth received a B.S.Ed. from Duquesne University, and a Master of Arts Degree in education from Cardinal Stritch University with a major in Special Education. Her teaching ministry included 21 years in primary education, 17 years in special education, and 20 years teaching kindergarten at the Vincentian Child Care Center. During her many years of education ministry, Sister served in the dioceses of Pittsburgh and Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and Youngstown, Ohio.
When illness forced her into retirement, Sister Mary Kenneth spent many hours a day in prayer for the needs of the Community and world. After a brief time at the Vincentian Home, she passed away peacefully.
There are certain words and phrases that characterize Sister Mary Kenneth, such as deep faith, prayerfulness, sense of humor, kindness and a beautiful smile. She had a deep love of children and those who had physical disabilities or who were mentally challenged.
Sister Mary Kenneth was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary (Beno) Hrbal. She is survived by her brother, John Hrbal, nieces, nephews and members of her religious Community.
Friends will be received at St. Louise Convent, 8200 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Friday, May 31, 2019, from 2-8 p.m. and Saturday, June 1 from 9-10:30 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in the convent chapel on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 11 a.m., followed by interment in the Sisters’ cemetery on the convent grounds.