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At the age of 102, Sister Melanie Kambic went to her eternal rest on Friday, July 14, 2023. She baptized in St. Anselm's Church, in Swissvale, given the name Victoria, and raised in Rankin, PA. In 1954, she entered the Sisters of Divine Providence. Sister Melanie spent most of her professional life in Health Care as staff nurse, teacher, and administrator. She earned a BS in Nursing from Duquesne University, an MS in Nursing Administration from the University of Maryland, and Certification as a Nurse Practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh.
After graduating from Braddock Hospital School of Nursing in 1944, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps (ANC), during World War II. Sister Melanie was proud of her time spent in the military, serving as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps for the United States Army, where she was awarded the World War II Victory Medal. Sister Melanie taught nursing at several different hospitals. While in Pittsburgh, she taught at Allegheny General, Braddock, and South Side Hospital. Outside of Pittsburgh, she taught at Catholic University in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She also worked as a Department Supervisor at Divine Providence Hospital in the North Side, and as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Latrobe Area Hospital and Mercy Hospital.
Sr. Melanie is preceded in death by her parents, Mato and Mary (Rebaric) Kambic; and siblings Rudolph, Robert, Matthew, William, Frances and Agnes. She is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, friends, and the Sisters of Divine Providence and their Associates.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 19th from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 20th at 11 a.m. All services will take place in the Visitation Chapel, the Commons at Providence Heights, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Allison Park, PA, 15101. Burial to follow in Providence Heights Cemetery with full military honors. Those fully vaccinated are welcome to participate. A livestream at the Visitation Chapel will be available at: https://video.ibm.com/channel/Q4zW6rUvwPq. Memorial contributions may be sent to: Sisters of Divine Providence, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Allison Park, PA 15101. Arrangements entrusted to ANTHONY G. STAAB FUNERAL HOME, INC., 900 Chartiers Ave., Pgh, PA 15220.