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Sister Jane Gregoire, teacher, stationary engineer

Oct. 31, 1939 – Oct. 18, 2013

Sister Jane Frances Gregoire, a Buffalo native who served as executive director of the Gift of Life Transplant House for the Mayo Clinic, died Oct. 18. She was 73.

She was born in Buffalo. After graduating from Sacred Heart Academy in 1957, she joined the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Charity at Stella Niagara, making her profession of perpetual vows in 1965.

She graduated from Rosary Hill College in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, followed by a nine-year career teaching in New Monmouth, N.J., New Lexington, Ohio, and at St. Benedict Catholic School in Eggertsville.

Sister Jane returned to Stella Niagara, where she spent the next 20 years as facilities manager and executive director of housekeeping and maintenance, including plumbing, heating and the beautiful gardens and manicured lawns. She also obtained certification as a stationary engineer.

In 1991, Sister Jane was selected by Sister Margeen Hoffman, executive director of the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, Minn., to become the facility’s manager and executive housekeeper, a role she also took on for the convent at Assisi Heights. After the death of Sister Margeen, she was appointed executive director of Gift of Life.

Her tenure was noted for helping turn the original eight-bedroom home into the two structures that now exist as an extended-stay hospitality location for caregivers and patients. Upon Sister Jane’s retirement in 2011, she moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where she helped set up Gabriel House of Care, another extended-stay house.

Survivors include five brothers, David, James, Dennis, Norbert and Phillip.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Sisters Chapel at Stella Niagara, 4421 Lower River Road, Stella Niagara.

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