Feb. 11, 1943 - April 14, 2017
Sister Mary Marcella Anne, a Felician Sister for 56 years, died Friday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Cheektowaga. She was 74.
The former Marcella Anne Wendzikowski was born in Buffalo and was a member of St. James Parish. She entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters, Buffalo, on Aug. 15, 1960, and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 4, 1968.
Sister Marcella Anne graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy in Buffalo and earned an associate degree in applied science in education from Villa Maria College. She also earned a bachelor of arts degree in English at D’Youville College and a master of arts degree in communications arts from the University of Notre Dame du Lac, Ind.
She also took courses in higher education at the University of Buffalo.
Sister Marcella Anne began teaching at the primary level for a few years, then taught English and Spanish on the secondary level. She taught at Villa Maria Academy and Bishop Colton High School in Buffalo, Sacred Heart High School in Syracuse, Notre Dame High School in Batavia and Cardinal O’Hara High School in Tonawanda, where she also served as assistant principal for several years.
In 1983, Sister Marcella Anne became a member of the faculty for the Permanent Deacon Formation at St. Ignatius Renewal Center in Clarence. She was involved in this ministry for more than 30 years.
She also served at Villa Maria College in several capacities for about 30 years, as an instructor in English and Spanish, a director of public relations, director of grants and program coordinator of liberal arts for 13 years.
Sister Marcella Anne was active in the Felician Congregation, as a collaborative member at provincial chapters and an elected delegate to a general chapter. She held membership and leadership roles on many provincial committees and served as copy editor, proofreader and translator for congregational documents.
Her most recent ministerial responsibility was retreat work with the Oblate Fathers in Buffalo.
Sister Marcella Anne became ill in the past year and had undergone two major surgeries. In her Jubilee Book, she described her religious life as being "many things - joyful, painful, lonely, demanding, rewarding, awesome - but never boring! I can’t wait to see what else God has in store.”
Survivors include a brother, the Rev. Monsignor Mecislaus Wendzikowski, and a sister, Theresa Wendzikowski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St., Cheektowaga.