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SISTER ANN MARIE LAVOCAT, PAROCHIAL SCHOOL TEACHER

Sister Ann Marie Lavocat, 73, a former teacher in Buffalo area parochial schools, died Thursday (Oct. 16, 1997) in St. Mary of the Angels Infirmary, Williamsville, after a long illness.

Formerly known as Sister Mary Agnesa, Sister Ann Marie was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Third Order Regular for more than 52 years. She entered the religious order in 1945 and took her perpetual vows in 1951.

Sister Ann Marie began her teaching career at the former St. Nicholas School and later taught at the former St. James School.

Other teaching assignments were at St. Aloysius in Springville, St. Mary's in Swormville and Fourteen Holy Helpers in West Seneca.

From 1976 to 1979, Sister Ann Marie worked at St. Francis Nursing Home in Williamsville.

Since 1979, she had resided at St. Mary of the Angels, the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis, and devoted much of her time to prayer.

Sister Ann Marie was born in Swormville. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from the former Mount St. Joseph's Teachers' College, now Medaille College.

She is survived by three sisters, Sister Mary Bernadette, also a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Agnes Heim of Amherst and Mary Jane Krantz of Getzville; and a brother, Albert of Amherst.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the chapel at St. Mary of the Angels, 400 Mill St., Williamsville. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery on the convent grounds.

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