LAKE OSWEGO — Holy Names Sister Ann Pizelo died July 7 at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst. The daughter of Philip and Ann Frye (Ferraro) Pizelo, Ann was born in Spokane into a warm Italian family in the back of the grocery store her father owned. After her graduation from Holy Names Academy in 1955, she entered the Sisters of the Holy Names at Marylhurst, receiving the religious name Sister Angelo Marie.

Her early years of professional life were spent in the classroom as a primary grade teacher in Washington and Oregon, but soon her administrative gifts were called upon in a variety of positions. She was a grade school principal in Auburn, Bellevue and Seattle and then at Holy Names Academy in Seattle. During this time she completed a bachelor’s degree in education at Marylhurst College and a master’s in administration at Central Washington State College.

After 17 years as a principal Sister Ann moved into parish ministry, feeling that adults need the same nurturing ministry as children do. She served as pastoral associate at Visitation Parish, Tacoma, and then as resident pastor at St. Joseph’s Parish, Spokane.

In 2000 Sister Ann was selected to be the provincial director of the Washington Province of the Holy Names Sisters. She is remembered for her compassion, wisdom and humor as she guided the community through many changes.

At the end of her term Sister Ann took over the administration of Our Place, an organization providing emergency food, clothing and other services to the people in the West Central neighborhood of Spokane.

In 2019, Sister Ann moved from Spokane to the resident community at Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst, Lake Oswego.

Sister Ann’s life was one of passionate care for the poor and those in need, but she was also known for her love of life and her enjoyment of being with friends and family.

Sister Ann is survived by her brother, Angelo Pizelo, her nieces and nephews, and members of her religious community. Plans for a memorial Mass at Marylhurst are pending and will be announced later. Remembrances may be made to Our Place Ministries, 1509 W College Ave, Spokane, WA 99201 or Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or online at