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SISTER MARY ADALBERT TOKARCZYK, TEACHER

Sister Mary Adalbert Tokarczyk, 93, a Felician Sister for 75 years and parochial-school teacher, died Thursday (Nov. 26, 1998) in Villa Maria Infirmary.

A Western New York native, the former Apolonia Tokarczyk, entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters from Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in North Tonawanda on Aug. 25, 1923, and professed her final vows on Aug. 5, 1931.

A graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, Sister Mary Adalbert had a bachelor 's degree in education from Mount St. Joseph's Teachers College. She also had a master's degree from St. Bonaventure University and became a certified library assistant at Villa Maria College.

Sister Mary Adalbert taught in various Catholic elementary schools for 48 years. She spent 45 years teaching mainly eighth grade. For three of those years, she was principal of St. Michael's School in Lackawanna. Her full-time teaching ministry also extended to the Diocese of Syracuse for three years.

From 1976 to 1980, Sister Mary Adalbert served as a librarian at Sacred Heart School in Syracuse. In the following five years, she served as a teacher's aide at Infant Jesus Day Care Center in Perry.

She moved to the Provincial House of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1985. In December 1996, she became a patient in Villa Maria Infirmary.

Survivors include two sisters, Josephine Tojek of Lackawanna and Sister Mary Theonilia Tokarczyk, a Felician Sister in the Buffalo Province.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday in Villa Maria Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St., with her nephew, Msgr. Matthew Kopacz, pastor of St. Casimir's Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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