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SISTER MARY EDWINA BOGEL DIES AT 82; FOUNDER OF HILBERT COLLEGE

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Mary Edwina Bogel, 82, founder and first president of Hilbert College, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Immaculate Conception Convent chapel, 5286 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Born in Holyoke, Mass., Sister Edwina received her bachelor's degree with honors from Canisius College in 1936 and earned a master's degree in Slavic studies from Columbia University.

She taught in Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph elementary and high schools in New York State, New England and Michigan. In 1954, she was elected a member of the general council of the Franciscan Sisters and served six years as school supervisor of all Franciscan Sisters schools.

In 1957, she established Hilbert College in Hamburg, the first private two-year college in Western New York.

By 1969, Sister Edwina had personally drawn up plans and supervised the opening of the new multimillion-dollar campus of Hilbert College on South Park Avenue in Hamburg.

After her retirement in 1974, she served as trustee emeritus of Hilbert.

During her retirement years, she wrote and published a book on the life of Mother Collette von Hilbert, the Prussian-born founder of the congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph.

Survivors include three sisters, Sophie Mecheski of Keene, N.H., Rose Ahearn of Easthampton, Mass., and Isabelle Gurski of Hadley, Mass.

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