We are saddened to announce the unexpected passing of Sr. Marie Chabanel Erzal, affectionately called ‘Chab,’ who passed at New Hanover Medical Center on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Last September, Chab celebrated her 60th anniversary as a Religious Sister of Mercy.
She dedicated her life to the service of the poor as a pharmacist, having graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. She worked as a hospital pharmacist in Mercy Hospitals in Johnstown and Scranton, Pa., before joining the staff at Fino’s Pharmacy in Dallas, Pa. Her warmth and joyous spirit captivated all. Once you met her, you never forgot the kindness and love that radiated from her.
After her active career, she retired to live with her lifelong friend, Dr. Judith Patterson, at Waterford in Leland. Chab described these past five years as her ‘hundred fold.’ She loved to sit and watch the ducks in the pond outside the back porch and read her books by James Patterson and David Baldacci. She had a passion for sports and really enjoyed watching games on big screen T.V. But, mostly she loved the people of Waterford who she easily endeared herself to with her sincere and humble openness. One of her favorite activities was to join her friends at the Waterford Tuesday Dining Out and share laughter and conversation with old and new friends. Everyone she met was special to her, and having met her, they were somehow changed. Alan Cohen describes the authentic life as when ‘The life we are living on the outside lines up with who we are on the inside.’ Chab truly lived the authentic life.
One of six children, she is survived by her sister, Rosemarie, and Rosemarie’s husband, Mike Kuchera, of Florida; long-time adopted family represented by Judith Patterson and Donna and Gordon Armiger of Leland; and she has many loving nieces and nephews from both families who adore her as their ‘Aunt Chabbie.’
A wake service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, with a memorial service at 7 p.m. at Andrews Mortuary on Market Street. A funeral is scheduled for Friday, April 22, in Dallas, Pa.
Donations may be made to The Sisters of Mercy, Office of Development, 515 Montgomery Ave., Merion, PA, 19066, for the benefit of the Dallas Retirement Community.
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