May 28, 1928 – Dec. 26, 2017
Sister Mary Teresita Langowski, a teacher and a Felician sister for 69 years, died Tuesday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center after a short illness. She was 89.
Born Irene Rita Langowski in Erie, Pa., she was a graduate of St. Benedict Academy in Erie and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College.
She entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters in 1948 and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 13, 1956.
After working as a child care aide at St. Rita’s Home for Children in Getzville and at day care centers in Hamilton, Ont., and Buffalo, she began teaching in Catholic elementary schools in 1958.
For 27 years, she taught primarily at schools in the Diocese of Buffalo, but also taught in the Dioceses of Syracuse and Erie. She served as principal at St. James School in Depew and was assistant principal of the Genesee-Wyoming Catholic Consolidated School in Attica.
In many of her schools, she also taught religious education classes for students after regular school hours. In Boonville and Mayville, she served as full-time religious education coordinator. For a few years, she taught religion classes at Villa Maria Academy.
While caring for her ailing mother, she was religious education coordinator and pastoral associate at Holy Trinity Parish in Erie.
Returning to Buffalo in 2000, she began a ministry as Promoter of the Cause of Blessed Mary Angela, the founder of the Felician Sisters. In 2004, she also became an aide to the provincial treasurer, serving until she became ill in November.
Survivors include a sister, Rita Johnson, nieces and a nephew.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St., Cheektowaga.