Sister Paula Slama, Daughter of Charity age 90, died at St. Louise House, Albany New York on April 17, 2021. She was born June 22, 1930 in Poughkeepsie, New York to Anna (Scasny) and Frederick Slama and grew up with three brothers and one sister.
Sister was a graduate of Cathedral Academy, Albany, New York in 1947, and entered the Daughters of Charity from St. Joseph Parish in Albany on December 31, 1953 in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Following initial formation, she served as an educator in elementary and high school for 53 years at the following schools and cities: Our Lady of Lourdes and Utica Catholic Academy, Utica, New York; St. Dominic School, Baltimore, Maryland; St. James School, Johnson City, New York; and St. Peter’s Cathedral School and St. Mark’s High School, Wilmington, Delaware. From 1993 to 2008, Sister Paula served as a teacher at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary High School in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. For three years, Sister served as Local Community Superior in Binghamton, New York (1990 to 1993). She served as a Docent at the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, before entering the Ministry of Prayer in 2009, Albany, New York; she served there until the time of her death. Sister’s education included a bachelor’s degree in Business from St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg (1968) and a master’s degree in Education from Boston University (1979).
A Wake Service was held for Sister Paula on April 20 in DePaul Chapel in Albany; a funeral Mass was held the following day, with burial at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, New York.
Sister Paula was predeceased by her parents; her three brothers – John Joseph, Andrew and Steven Peter Slama; and her sister, Anna Slama. She is survived by nieces Theresa Mullineaux and Nancy Slawta, other relatives and friends and her Sisters in community.