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Sister Thomas Aquinas Lennon, retired educator and administrator

Oct. 4, 1930 – Aug. 4, 2016

Sister Thomas Aquinas Lennon, who retired as manager at The Claremount apartment complex in 2014, died Thursday at Sisters of Charity Hospital after a short illness. She was 85.

Born in Dorchester, Mass., Catherine Lennon entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1949. She made her final vows in August 1955. She earned degrees in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College – a bachelor of science in 1962 and a master of science in 1966.

Irish to her core, Lennon brought determination, imagination and a sense of humor to her 29 years in education followed by 35 years in administration at The Claremount, an apartment complex for senior citizens.

She taught primary and upper grades in diocesan schools and briefly at Mount St. Joseph Academy. She served as principal of St. Mark School in Buffalo for 13 years. Parents and alums continue to speak of “T.A.’s” dedication to high-quality education.

Part of the administration at The Claremont since its opening in 1979 in Clarence, Lennon was manager for 21 years.

She dedicated herself to creating a home for the residents, providing holiday meals, spontaneous celebrations, decorations, ready jokes and a listening ear.

She is survived by her sister, Clare Hourihan.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday at the Sisters Residence, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence.

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