Sister Mary Elvina Janaczek, a Felician nun, teacher and former school principal, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) in Villa Maria Infirmary after a long illness. She was 87.
Born Jane Janaczek in Buffalo, she graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy and earned a bachelor's degree in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College. She earned a master's degree in education from Canisius College.
Sister Janaczek entered the Buffalo Province of Felician Sisters in 1931 and professed her vows in 1939. She then went to work as a full-time teacher for 38 years.
She taught at various Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Syracuse for 16 years, the Diocese of Buffalo for 21 years and the Diocese of Erie, Pa., for one year. During her teaching career, she also served as principal at Queen of Martyrs School in Cheektowaga and St. Luke School in Buffalo.
Sister Janaczek also worked as a secretary and Polish-language instructor at Villa Maria College and helped students enrich their knowledge of Polish heritage by establishing the Villa Maria College Polish Culture Circle.
In her later years, she assisted as an office aide at several schools and as a home aide. From 1993 to 1998, she coordinated the stamp project at St. Francis Residence.
Sister Janaczek was a member of Transfiguration Parish in Buffalo. She became a patient in Villa Maria Infirmary in November 1998.
Sister Janaczek is survived by two sisters, Pauline Mazikowski of Amherst and Helen Zurak of Hawaii, and a brother, Henry of Hamburg.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Villa Maria Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.