Sister Monica Gayas, a retired Seton High School teacher, died Sunday of complications from emphysema at her order's Emmitsburg retirement home, Villa St. Michael, where she had lived for more than 20 years. She was 89.
A member of the Daughters of Charity, she taught art, religion, English, history and biology at the Charles Village high school where she was a faculty member from 1959 to 1976. She also exhibited her paintings at the Knott Academic Center Gallery at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg and at Seton High.
Born Alexandria Gayas in Pittsburgh, she entered her Roman Catholic religious order in 1936 and was given the name Sister Monica. She earned a degree in social studies from the old St. Joseph's College in Emmitsburg and a master's degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
After teaching assignments in Albany and Syracuse, N.Y., she taught at Our Lady of Lourdes Parochial School in the Ashburton section of Northwest Baltimore from 1954 to 1959.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg.
She was survived by several nieces and nephews.