Sister M. Laurenta Wojcik died Saturday in Colette Hilbert Health Center after six decades of life in the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph religious order. She was 81. Born Helen Theresa Wojcik in Detroit, she entered the Franciscan Sisters in 1939 from Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish in Detroit. Sister Laurenta professed her final vows July 23, 1946.
Sister Laurenta received her bachelor's degree from Marywood College in Scranton, Pa., and continued studies at St. Bonaventure University in Olean. For 53 years, Sister Laurenta ministered in the field of education as teacher, including in Milwaukee and Bessemer, Ala., and at St. Vincent in North Evans and Most Precious Blood in Angola.
From 1965 to 1969, Sister Laurenta was the Directress of Novices. In April 2001, she retired to Immaculate Conception Convent, where she joined the Sisters in Assisted Living. In January 2004, she became a resident in Colette Hilbert Health Center.
Sister Laurenta is remembered as a gentle, thoughtful, prayerful, sweet-natured person and a good teacher.
She is survived by a sister, Mary Ann Grzybowski of Detroit.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday in Immaculate Conception Convent Chapel, 5286 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.