NEWBURGH Sr. Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh reported on Wednesday, January 24, that Ann Sakac, its longest-serving president, had passed away. She was ninety-one.
Prior to her 32 years as president of the college, which began in 1976, Sr. Ann had worked as an assistant dean of students and an English professor at the institution since 1969.
Although she resigned as president in 2008, she remained active in the college community for the next fifteen plus years.
According to Fr. Gregoire Fluet, the acting interim president, Sr. Ann Sakac was incredibly supportive of me from the moment I arrived on campus as a chaplain and even after I was named interim president. Sr. Ann might serve as an inspiration for anyone who wish to seek to the ministry of leadership. She would also be an excellent example of a president.
Sr. Ann was regarded by friends and coworkers as a great teacher, a kind and considerate person, and a close friend. The Mount’s director of donor relations and stewardship, Michelle Iacuessa, 94, said, “When she asked you how you were doing, she genuinely wanted to know.”
The Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary on campus, located at 330 Powell Avenue in Newburgh, will host wakes on Monday, January 29 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesday, January 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Additionally, a prayer service and funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, January 30 at 11 a.m.
The Dominican Sisters Cemetery at the Mount will be the site of the funeral.
On Tuesday, January 30 at 11 a.m., the funeral mass will be streamed live at www.msmc.edu/livestream.