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Sister Harriet Marie, 101, longtime educator

Dec. 29, 1914 – July 4, 2016

Sister Harriet Marie, a Felician Sister for 85 years, died at the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo on Monday. She was 101.

The former Hedwig Bialobreski was born in Syracuse, and was a member of Transfiguration Church there. She entered Buffalo’s Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters on June 24, 1931, and professed perpetual vows on Dec. 28, 1939.

She graduated from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy in Buffalo, and earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Mount St. Joseph Teachers College (now Medaille College).

Sister Harriet Marie ministered in education throughout her religious life, and served in the dioceses of Buffalo, Syracuse and Ogdensburg.

She began teaching children in primary grades, and later taught at the intermediate level.

Most of her teaching was in Catholic elementary schools within the Diocese of Buffalo. Among the many education posts she held throughout the state, she served as principal of St. Hyacinth’s Head Start Academy in Lackawanna and assisted at Our Lady of Czestochowa School in Buffalo.

Because of her failing health, Sister Harriet Marie joined the St. Francis Residence Convent in Buffalo in 2000.

She became a patient in the Felician Sisters Health and Wellness Center, now known as the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, in 2006. As a patient there, she was a quiet, prayerful presence among her sisters in community, and was known for her kindness.

Sister Harriet Marie is survived by her brother, John Bialobreski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel.

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