Sr. Hilda Prohaska, CDP

  • Born: July 1, 1930
  • Died: June 9, 2017
  • Location: McCandless Township, Pennsylvania

Anthony G. Staab Funeral Home

900 Chartiers Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Tel. (412) 921-1705

Tribute & Message From The Family

Age 86, of McCandless Township, on Friday, June 9, 2017. Sister Hilda was born on July 1, 1930 and baptized Theresa Louise at St. Alphonsus Church in Springdale, PA. She entered the Sisters of Divine Providence on January 19, 1958 and professed her final vows on August 15, 1965. Sister Hilda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from La Roche College and taught in several elementary schools in the Pittsburgh Diocese. Her longest assignments were at St. Mary's in Herman, PA (1962-69), and Providence Heights Alpha School from 1986 until her retirement in 2000, where she enjoyed teaching the "little ones" in first and second grade. Sister Hilda also spent time in Rome, Italy, in the residence of Cardinal John Wright as housekeeper. After her retirement, Sister Hilda ministered in prayer and community service. She was the youngest of eight children of Edward Prohaska and Hilda Gustavason, and is preceded in death by her parents and siblings: Edward Prohaska, Julia Miller, Francis Mooney, Charles Mooney, Dolores Smith, Irma Bombik and Elizabeth Yanni. Surviving are many nieces and nephews, and the Sisters and Associates of Divine Providence. Friends will be received at Providence Heights on Monday, June 12, from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. with a Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. On Tuesday, June 13, there will be viewing from noon – 3:00 p.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at 4:00 p.m. in Mother of Divine Providence Chapel, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Allison Park, PA 15101. Memorial contributions may be sent to Sisters of Divine Providence, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Allison Park, PA 15101. Arrangements entrusted to ANTHONY G. STAAB FUNERAL HOME, INC.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Sister Hilda was my 2nd grade teacher at St. Mary's School in Herman, PA. I remember on my first day of school I thought she looked rather stern and a little scary. I started to cry and when she asked me why I was crying, I said I was afraid I would do something wrong and that she would yell at me. She laughingly said something like, well don't cry before I do! She turned out to be a wonderful teacher and I ended up liking her very much! May she rest in peace!

Posted by A friend   June 13, 2017

Sister Hilda was my 1st grade teacher at St. Mary Elementary School, Herman, in 1967. I can still recall letting go of my older sister's hand and walking in to the classroom on the first day of school. I was greeted by Sister and her wonderful smile. It may have been the full habit but I thought she was an elderly woman. Now I realize she was only 37 years old . . . the same age as my mom. Last Sunday, Trinity Sunday, Fr. Harry Bielewicz, our pastor, asked the congregation to think about who taught us to make the sign of the cross. I thought that Sister Hilda would have showed me how to do that as we began each morning with a prayer. May God Bless her with peace.

Posted by John Reddick - Butler, PA   June 13, 2017

Dear Sr. Hilda, I so much enjoyed your smile and loving presence for which I will especially remember you. May you rest in God's love.

Posted by Carolyn Gutowski - Chevy Chase, MD   June 12, 2017

I always remember when Sister Hilda would come swimming up Mom & Dads with her other Sisters and my sister and I would swim with them. Rest in Peace Sister Hilda.
Love you,
Nancy (Simoncic) & Jeff Lindo

Posted by A friend   June 12, 2017


You were the keeper of the family history and now you are with your sisters. We will miss you immensely. You served the Lord and now you are surely with him and at peace.

Posted by Jack Yanni - Palmyra, PA - Family   June 11, 2017