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Sister Mary Victorine, 78, a teacher, nurse and member of the Sisters of Mercy for 60 years, died Tuesday (July 22, 1997) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after surgery.

The former Margaret Mary Colins was born and educated in Buffalo. She attended St. Teresa's Elementary School and graduated from Mount Mercy Academy.

She entered the Sisters of Mercy on Feb. 10, 1938, and professed her vows Aug. 29, 1940. She started her teaching career at Holy Family and St. Thomas Aquinas schools in Buffalo and St. Joseph's School in Batavia before enrolling in the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, where she graduated in 1947.

She later received a bachelor of science degree in public health nursing from Marquette University and a master of science degree in nursing education administration from Catholic University of America.

She was certified as a pastoral associate by the United States Catholic Conference.

From 1969 to 1972, she was director of the community health program for the Sisters of Mercy in the Diocese of Buffalo and superior of Mount Mercy Convent.

In 1975, she joined the Pastoral Care Department at Mercy Hospital, where she ministered for many years.

In 1995, she was honored by Mount Mercy Academy with the Spirit of Mercy Award.

Survivors include two sisters, Sister Patricia Collins and Ella Farrell; and two brothers, Vincent Collins of Snyder and Lawrence Collins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Teresa's Catholic Church, 1974 Seneca St.

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