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Sister Mary Assumpta Gentile of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Divine Child, who taught religion education for more than 60 years, died Wednesday (June 27, 2001) in St. Mary of the Angels Health Care Center in Williamsville.

She was 89 and had been a resident of the center since 1997.

Born Mary Gentile in Cherry Creek, she entered the order in 1929 when she was 17 and professed her first vows in 1931 and her final vows on June 11, 1939.

She taught religious education through the Diocese of Buffalo from 1931 to 1964, including the parishes of St. Ann's, St. Anthony's, Holy Cross and Our Lady of Loretto in Buffalo and the St. Pius Mission Center in Batavia, Immaculate Conception Mission Center in Belmont and Our Lady of Fatima Mission Center in Cattaraugus.

From 1964 to 1970, she served as religious education coordinator at Sacred Heart Parish in Crystal City, Texas.

She later returned to Western New York and taught religious education at Immaculate Conception Mission Center in Belmont until 1997.

She is survived by a sister, Margaret Carnahan of Buffalo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of the motherhouse of the order, 6380 Main St., Williamsville. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.


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