Nov. 23, 1926 – Sept. 20, 2017
Sister Rita Marie Nigro, OSF, a teacher in Catholic schools, died Wednesday in St. Mary of the Angels Convent, Williamsville, where she had been a resident in recent years. She was 90.
Born Rose Marie Nigro in Buffalo, one of twin girls, she and her twin attended School 38 and Holy Angels School. Both were graduates of Nardin Academy and Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College.
She joined the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Divine Child in 1947, three years after her sister entered. She took her sister’s name as her religious name after her sister previously took her name and became Sister Rose Marie.
Sister Rita Marie taught for 19 years in Catholic schools, including Immaculate Heart of Mary and Our Lady of Loretto, where her sister was a teacher and principal. She later went to Our Lady of Miracles School in Brooklyn, where she was a teacher and principal.
In 1971, she was assigned to Our Lady of Fatima Mission Center in Cattaraugus and for 30 years was one of the sisters who visited 10 different towns on the Southern Tier every weekend to provide religious education for youngsters. They taught in rectories, church halls, kitchens, parlors and even on a school bus.
She also took parish census for many years for a number of parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo and other locations.
A member of the Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities since a merger of religious orders 14 years ago, at St. Mary of the Angels Convent she assisted in the chapel and was a prayer minister.
Her twin sister died in 2000.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 in the chapel at St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville.