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Sister Mary Desiderata Mis, 94, longtime teacher and principal ; Jan. 21, 1916 -- Jan. 10, 2011

Sister Mary Desiderata Mis, 94, a Felician Sister for 76 years and a longtime educator, died Sunday in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Buffalo. She was 94.

Born Harriet Mis in Niagara Falls, she entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters in Buffalo on July 26, 1934, and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 12, 1942.

She was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in Niagara Falls and graduated from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, Buffalo, and earned a bachelor's degree in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College, in Buffalo.

Sister Mary Desiderata, also known as "Sister Daisy," began her teaching at St. Michael School in Lackawanna and spent 55 years teaching primary and intermediate grades at many Catholic elementary schools in the dioceses of Buffalo and Syracuse.

She served as principal of Sacred Heart School, Buffalo, SS. Peter & Paul School, Depew, and assistant principal of Queen of Martyrs School, Cheektowaga.

Within the Diocese of Syracuse, Sister Desiderata taught at Sacred Heart School, Syracuse, and St. Stanislaus School, Utica.

In 1991, she ministered as a part-time teacher and tutor at Blessed Sacrament School, Kenmore. The same year, Sister Desiderata received the St. Elizabeth Seton Award for her many years of dedicated ministry in Catholic education. Jan. 29, 1991, was declared "Sister Daisy Day" at Blessed Sacrament School in her honor.

Her skill as an educator was evident in her ability to create an atmosphere in which students could enjoy learning, and she inspired spiritual and academic excellence in all her students, her colleagues said.

Sister Desiderata began her ministry in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Provincial House in July 2001 and assisted with sewing and was coordinator of mail. She also continued to serve as a tutor to some students who sought her out.

In July 2007, she became a patient at the Felician Sisters Health and Wellness Center, now the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, where she continued to serve as a tutor until her health no longer permitted her to do so.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St.

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