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SISTER MAURA O'MARA, EDUCATOR OF THE DEAF

Sister Maura O'Mara, 95, an educator of the deaf for nearly 60 years, died Wednesday (Sept. 29, 1999) in the Clarence Residence of the Sisters of St. Joseph after a long illness.

Born in Buffalo, the former Irene O'Mara entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1923 and made the first profession of her religious vows in 1926.

Sister O'Mara received a bachelor of science degree in education at the former St. Joseph's Teachers College, now Medaille College. In 1938, she earned a master's degree in education, with an emphasis on special education of the deaf, speech training and speech reading.

Her entire career in education, which spanned more than a half-century, was at St. Mary's School for the Deaf. From 1925 to 1950, Sister O'Mara taught in the primary and intermediate grades at the school. From 1950 to 1965, she was supervisor of the primary grades, directress of teacher training and assistant principal. In 1965, she resumed teaching at the seventh-grade level.

In 1977 and 1978, she worked the school's switchboard and provided tutoring services until 1984.

"She was a great lip reader," said Sister Marie Denise.

Sister O'Mara retired to the Sisters of St. Joseph Clarence Residence in the late 1980s.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Convent Chapel of the Sisters of St. Joseph Clarence Residence, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Forest Lawn.

( MCNEIL)

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