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A Mass of Christian Burial for Loretta F. Sinclair, a former nurse at Sisters Hospital, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. James Catholic Church, 3021 Bailey Ave. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Ellicottville.

Mrs. Sinclair, 92, who remained active as a nurse until she was 80, died Wednesday (Dec. 26, 1990) in the Town of Tonawanda home of her son, Raymond E.

Born in Rochester, she spent her childhood in Ellicottville.

She graduated in 1921 from the Sisters of Charity School of Nursing and was among its oldest living graduates.

Mrs. Sinclair worked in Sisters, St. Francis and Our Lady of Victory hospitals. She was known for her charitable works of mercy through a lifetime of home visits to the ill and infirm. Later in her career she was mainly a private-duty nurse.

"She kept her nursing license until she was 80, when she decided she was too old for it," Raymond Sinclair said of his mother.

Mrs. Sinclair, a longtime resident of the Kensington-Bailey area, and her late husband, John, were charter members of St. James Church. She was an active member of the St. James Senior Citizens program and a member of the Women's Auxiliary of Post 708, American Legion.

"When she was in her 80s, she would take cookies and custard to ladies in nursing homes," Sinclair said, adding that many of those she visited were younger than his mother.

Mrs. Sinclair stopped driving her car a year ago, her son said.

In addition to her son, she is survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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