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Sister Joan Marie Kwiatkowski, longtime educator

March 31, 1914 – Dec. 20, 2013

Sister Joan Marie Kwiatkowski, a Franciscan Sister and longtime educator, died Friday in Colette Hilbert Care Community, Hamburg. She was 99.

Born Joan Kwiatkowski in Milwaukee, she entered the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph on July 28, 1930, as a postulant. Sister Joan Marie professed her final vows on July 16, 1935.

She entered the teacher training program at Holy Family College in Philadelphia before transferring to Marywood College, Scranton, Pa., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education.

For 68 years, Sister Joan Marie was an educator at schools including St. Hedwig and Queen of Angels, Detroit; Corpus Christi, Buffalo; St. Hyacinth, Auburn; St. Stephen, Shamokin, Pa.; St. Josaphat, Milwaukee; Queen of Rosary and Holy Rosary of Pompeii, Kenosha, Wis; St. Casimir, Baltimore; Mater Dolorosa, Holyoke, Mass.; and St. Sebastian, Dearborn Heights, Mich., where she also served as school librarian from 1998 through 2001.

In addition to teaching, she was principal at St. Stanislaus, Trenton, N.J.; St. Stanislaus, Kewanee, Ill.; Sacred Heart, Danbury, Conn.; and St. Charles Borromeo, Milwaukee.

In May 2003, Sister Joan Marie joined the Sisters in the Colette Hilbert Care Community.

Sister Jean Marie’s colleagues said she was fun to be with, enjoyed life and had a keen sense of humor.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the convent chapel, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg.

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