Elizabeth M. Dangrow entered eternal life February 23, 2023, at her Hermitage, Pa., residence. She was 82.
Elizabeth was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on July 25, 1940 she was the only daughter of the four children born to the late Charles O. and Elizabeth M. (McMaster) Dangrow.
An alumna of Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., Elizabeth entered the Daughters of St. Paul religious congregation in Boston, Mass., taking the name Sister Mary Charles in memory of her father. A gifted designer, graphic artist and photographer, she served first at the Boston provincial house, and later at the congregation’s international motherhouse in Rome, Italy, and Toronto, Canada, designing and producing religious books and a catechetical series, audiovisual programs, and films.
Later, as a laywoman, Elizabeth continued her work in Catholic publishing as a book cover designer with Alba House Communications in Canfield, Ohio, and then as production manager for two U.S. diocesan newspapers, The New Catholic Explorer in Joliet, Ill., and The Catholic Chronicle in Toledo, Ohio. Over the years, her layout, design and photography for the newspapers, special sections and ads garnered multiple awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.
In retirement, Elizabeth collaborated with friend and colleague Christine Alexander producing a popular Toledo advertising magazine, The Buzz Book.
Besides her talent and creativity, friends and co-workers will remember Elizabeth for her sense of humor and wit, and her prompt willingness to quietly help anyone in need.
In addition to her parents, Elizabeth was predeceased by her brothers William (Bill) McMaster Dangrow, Charles (Skip) O. Dangrow III , and Richard (Dick) E. Dangrow.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth is fondly remembered by longtime good friends and colleagues Catherine Devine Hammond of Australia, Sister Mary Louise Winters, FSP, of England, and Patricia Lynn Morrison of Dayton, Ohio, and by her Toledo friends Christine Alexander, Cathy Chirdon, and Kate Oatis.
A Mass of Christian Burial and committal service was celebrated March 5 at the Church of Notre Dame in Hermitage, with Rev. Richard Allen officiating.
Elizabeth was laid to rest next to her brother Dick at the Millbank Cemetery in Fredonia, Pa.
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