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Sister M. Antoinette Campiere, longtime teacher

Nov. 12, 1920 – Aug. 3, 2016

Sister M. Antoinette Campiere, a Sister of St. Francis for 72 years and a teacher for more than 50 years, died Wednesday in St. Mary of the Angels Regional House, Williamsville. She was 95.

Born in Buffalo, her mother was the first student of Italian descent to receive the Buffalo Public Schools’ Jesse Ketchum Medal. She attended School 49 and was a 1938 graduate of Grover Cleveland High School. She worked for a few years for the Maryland Casualty Insurance Co., then entered the convent at age 23 and attended Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College.

She taught primarily kindergarten, first grade and second grade at the German Roman Catholic Orphanage, St. Nicholas School, St. Agnes School, St. Francis of Assisi School and St. Bernard’s School, all in Buffalo; Our Lady Help of Christians School in Cheektowaga; and Queen of Heaven School in West Seneca.

She retired in 1998 and served in the Senior Companion Program in Buffalo until 2007. In recent years, she was a prayer minister at St. Mary of the Angels, fulfilling prayer requests that come to the Sisters of St. Francis.

Survivors include nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville.

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