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DIED NOV. 5, 2004

Sister M. St. Methodius Belensky died Friday at St. Mary of the Angels, Williamsville. She was 97.

Born Mary Belensky in Taylor, Pa., she was the daughter of Czechoslovakian immigrants. Her father, Ermerilo, died at a young age, and she was a great support to her mother, Barbara, as she struggled to raise Mary's six brothers.

While working at Mary Kellar Hospital in Scranton, Pa., she became acquainted with the work of the Sisters of St. Francis.

She entered the Third Order Regular of Buffalo on Sept. 8, 1937, and pronounced her final vows in 1943.

She dedicated her efforts to the care of the elderly at St. Francis homes in Buffalo, Gardenville and Williamsville.

From 1942 to 1950, Sister St. Methodius worked in the nursery department of the German Catholic Orphanage on Dodge Street.

Later, she had assignments as housekeeper at the following convents: St. Vincent's in Spring Brook; St. Mary of Sorrows, St. Gerard's and St. James, all in Buffalo; SS. Peter & Paul in Hamburg; and Queen of Heaven in West Seneca.

From 1973 to 1983, she supervised a hall at St. Elizabeth's Home in Lancaster.

Coming in 1983 to St. Mary of the Angels, motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis, she began her semi-retirement, devoting time to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and applying her skills as a seamstress.

She is survived by a brother, Matthew Belensky of Scranton, Pa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery on the convent grounds.


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