Sister Mary Ann Tantalo celebrates her 100th birthday

Sister Mary Ann Tantalo (formerly Sister Mary Prudentius), a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, marked her 100th birthday on May 1, with a celebration attended by family members and her community of sisters at Villa Notre Dame on Belden Hill Road.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., Sister Mary Ann professed her vows in August 1948. She spent 28 years of her ministry in Rochester. She was an early proponent of computer technology and introduced individualized instruction as a teacher at St. Margaret Mary (1967-1970) and as a media specialist and math teacher at Bishop Kearney High School (1974-1999). She also taught in other New York schools, as well as schools in Florida, Maryland and Connecticut.

Sister Mary Ann earned a bachelor’s degree in education from what is today Notre Dame of Maryland University and a master’s degree in library science from St. John University in New York, N.Y.

In 1999 Sister Mary Ann moved to Villa Notre Dame. Near age 90, with the goal of inspiring young people to appreciate the courage and integrity of their ancestors, she wrote and published “Without Papers,” a history of her family in Italy.

At the age of 100, Sister Mary Ann exercises every day and regularly listens to books and magazines on tape to stay informed. She is now living at Lourdes Health Care Center in Wilton, where she is affectionately known as “Mother Superior.”