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SISTER MARY HELEN KWASNIK, 102, TEACHER

Sister Mary Helen Kwasnik, a Felician Sister for 84 years, died in Villa Maria Infirmary, Cheektowaga, Monday (March 23, 1998) at the age of 102.

The former Caroline Kwasnik entered religious life from St. Mary's Parish in Brooklyn on July 2, 1913. She professed her final vows on July 17, 1921. Sister Kwasnik earned a bachelor of arts degree from Canisius College in Buffalo.

Her teaching career began in 1915 when she taught first grade at Holy Trinity School in Erie, Pa., for six years. She also taught in the Diocese of Syracuse for 13 years. But she spent 38 years at various Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Buffalo as a primary grade teacher. She was a firm believer that there was no child who could not learn how to read.

Sister Kwasnik's last service as a full-time first grade teacher was at Coronation School in Buffalo York in 1972. Afterward, she remained at the school for five more years, assisting as a school aide.

From 1978 to 1988, she helped the sisters at Holy Cross Convent in Buffalo, St. Michael Convent in Lackawanna and the Provincial House of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as a home aide. Sister Kwasnik often served as a sacristan at the parishes in which she ministered.

On Oct. 7, 1988, because of illness, she became a patient in Villa Maria Infirmary.

She is survived by her sister, Bronislawa Wnek of Brooklyn.

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

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