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Sister Mary Vivian, Felician Sister and teacher

Dec. 24, 1946 – Nov. 15, 2017

Sister Mary Vivian, a Felician Sister and a teacher in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, died Wednesday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center. She was 70.

Born in Syracuse, the former Vivian Maczonis graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Syracuse, entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters in 1969 and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 13, 1978.

She earned an associate’s degree from Villa Maria College, a bachelor’s degree from D’Youville College and a master’s degree in education from Buffalo State College.

Sister Vivian taught business classes at Villa Maria Academy in Buffalo, Sacred Heart High School in Syracuse, Notre Dame High School in Batavia and Cardinal O’Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda, where she also taught social studies.

She later taught social studies and computer skills at Ascension School in North Tonawanda, Sacred Heart School in Syracuse, and Queen of Martyrs School and St. Aloysius Gonzaga School, both in Cheektowaga.

In 1995, she returned to Villa Maria College and worked for the next 20 years in a variety of positions. She was acting assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement, technical assistant for computer services, a part-time library technical assistant and an archives aide.

She also became a part-time clerical worker in the development office at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent in 2008.

A resident of the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Convent in Cheektowaga for 25 years, she first became a patient in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in 2015 and returned in September.

Survivors include a niece, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St., Cheektowaga.

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