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Sister Miriam Rydelek, 90, a Felician Sister for 72 years, died Sunday (Jan. 23, 2000) in St. Joseph Hospital, Syracuse.

The former Frances Rydelek was a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Syracuse before she entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters on June 24, 1927. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1935.

Sister Miriam was a graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, Buffalo. She furthered her education at Medaille College, the former Mount St. Joseph College, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in education.

A devoted teacher, Sister Miriam spent 57 years in the teaching ministry. She taught at various Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Buffalo for 26 years.

While teaching at St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Niagara Falls, she also served as principal. She also taught at two former high schools, Bishop Colton in Buffalo and Bishop Gibbons in North Tonawanda. Her teaching ministry extended to Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Syracuse, where she served for 27 years.

Sister Miriam spent 13 years as a teacher at Sacred Heart School in Syracuse. In 1988, she returned to the parish and assisted as a home aide at Sacred Heart Convent until her death.

Survivors include a sister, Estelle Pawlik, and a brother, Theodore Rydelek.

A memorial Mass was offered today in Sacred Heart Basilica, Syracuse. 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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