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Sister Mary Edmundine Adamczak, 98, principal; Oct. 23, 1913 -- April 8, 2012

Sister Mary Edmundine Adamczak, an elementary school teacher and principal, died on Easter Sunday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Buffalo. She was 98.

Born in Buffalo, one of 10 children, the former Florence Adamczak entered the Felician Sisters in 1932 and professed her vows on Aug. 13, 1940. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College.

She served for 39 years in schools in the dioceses of Buffalo, Syracuse and Ogdensburg, as well as in Canada. She served for 20 years as a principal. She was the first principal of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School in Depew.

She also was involved in religious education in parishes where she ministered. She set high standards for her students and was known for her kindness and even-tempered disposition.

After she retired from teaching, she began assisting as a chauffeur and part-time organist at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Akron in 1991, then assisted at St. Hyacinth Parish in Dunkirk, Villa Angela Convent in Elma and St. Stanislaus Convent in Buffalo.

In 2004, she moved to St. Francis Residence Convent in Buffalo and assisted in occupational therapy. She had been a patient at Blessed Mary Angela Care Center since 2010.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

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

[ANDERSON]