Sister Mary Flavia Kwiatkowski, a Felician sister for 74 years, died Saturday (Feb. 24, 2001) in Villa Maria Infirmary, Buffalo. She was 91.
The former Leocadia Kwiatkowski entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters on June 24, 1926, and professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1934. She was a member of Transfiguration Parish, Olean, and graduated from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy in Buffalo. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, Buffalo, and a master of science degree in education from St. Bonaventure University.
Sister Kwiatkowski taught in various Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Buffalo for 45 years. She taught in the Diocese of Syracuse for three years.
She served as principal at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary School, St. Luke School and St. John Kanty School in Buffalo. She taught religion at St. Patrick School in Salamanca.
In 1983, Sister Kwiatkowski began her ministry at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, Niagara Falls, where for nine years she served as a part-time teacher and librarian. She continued assisting as a librarian at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, Cheektowaga. In 1992, she became a member of St. Francis Residence and assisted in occupational therapy. She became a patient in Villa Maria Infirmary on May 1, 2000.
Sister Kwiatkowski is survived by a sister, Regina Gonska of Olean.
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.