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Sister Grace Roll, career educator, made thousands of rosaries

Dec. 11, 1919 – Aug. 5, 2016

Sister Grace Roll, a career educator who made thousands of rosaries for schools and missions worldwide, died in Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, Clarence, after an illness. She was 96.

A native of Alden, Elizabeth Roll entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1937 and pronounced her final vows in August 1943. She earned three degrees from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College: a bachelor’s degree in education in 1943, bachelor’s degree in English in 1957 and a master’s degree in education in 1959.

Sister Roll taught in diocesan elementary schools for 20 years.

Dedicated to helping people with special needs, her studies in special education and her certification in school administration and supervision led her to St. Joseph School for Exceptional Children in Dunkirk 1957. She served as teacher, principal and administrator during a 25-year career at the school. Over the next 20 years, she taught at Albion Correctional Facility.

Before retiring, she ministered at Medina Hospital and Oak Orchard Manor.

A memorial Mass will be offered at a later date in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence.

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