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Sister Mary Mecislaus Szablewski, 88, a member of the Felician Sisters for 70 years, died Wednesday (Jan. 24, 1990) in the Villa Maria infirmary after a long illness.

Sister Mary Mecislaus, the former Julia Szablewski and a native of Pough-keepsie, entered the Buffalo Province of Felician Sisters in 1919 and professed her final religious vows in 1928. She was active as an educator in Catholic schools in the dioceses of Buffalo, Syracuse and Ogdensburg for 60 years.

Sister Mary Mecislaus, who graduated from Canisius College in 1943, taught at several schools in Western New York, including Assumption, Holy Apostles SS. Peter and Paul, St. John Kanty and Transfiguration in Buffalo; St. John Gualbert in Cheektowaga, St. Hyacinth in Dunkirk, St. Michael and St. Barbara in Lackawanna and St. Stanislaus Kostka, Niagara Falls.

She was a social studies teacher at Villa Maria Academy from 1957 to 1968 and also served as convent superior and school principal at St. Michael St. John Gualbert and Transfiguration School.

She had been a patient in the Villa Maria infirmary since 1983.

Survivors include two sisters, Jean Wicienski and Mercedes Szablewski, both of Depew.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Villa Maria Chapel, 600 Doat St. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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