Sister Virginia Neja
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 3:00 AM
Sister Virginia Neja, 88, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, died on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Holy Family Convent, Manitowoc. The former Virginia Mary Neja was born on June 13, 1928, in Marinette, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Paul and Margaret (Schneider) Neja.
Sister Virginia entered the Convent in 1944 and professed her vows in 1946. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and a Masters of Arts Degree from Millersville State, Millersville, Pennsylvania. Sister Virginia taught elementary school at St. Mary, Rhinelander, St. Joseph, Rice Lake, St. Mary, Reedsville, St. John, Seymour, St. Patrick, and Maple Grove, all of Wisconsin; Sacred Heart, Ayrshire, Iowa; and St. Sylvester, Woodsfield, Ohio. She also taught high school at Catholic Memorial, Waukesha, Wisconsin; St. Mary, West Point, Nebraska; St. Willibrords, Chicago, Illinois; and Bishop Rosecrans, Zanesville, Ohio; as well as Spanish at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. She also provided community service at St. Paul Manor, Kaukauna; St. Francis Convent, Manitowoc, Wisconsin; and St. Mary, West Point, Nebraska. She had been a member of St. Rita Health Center since December 2009.
Survivors include the Francis Sisters of Christian Charity; one brother and three sisters-in-law: Paul (Mary) Neja, Mary Jean Neja and Rose Neja; two brothers-in-law: Robert Patrick and Patrick Archambault. Nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents: Paul and Margaret (Schneider) Neja; four brothers: Anthony, John, Michael and Patrick; and two sisters: Faith Patrick and Rosemary Archambault.
The family will greet relatives and friends at Holy Family Convent, Manitowoc, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. at Holy Family Convent Chapel. Friends may also call Wednesday morning, March 15, at the Holy Family Convent, Manitowoc, from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Holy Family Convent Chapel, Manitowoc.
Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Finian Zaucha, O.F.M., with burial at Holy Family Convent Cemetery, Manitowoc.
The Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.