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Sister Josephine Pepe, 80, a teacher and principal in many area parochial schools, died Saturday (Sept. 15, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a brief illness.

Born in Newark, N.J., she moved with her family to Buffalo, where she graduated from St. Columba Grade School and South Park High School.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis on Aug. 15, 1939, and professed her final vows on Aug. 20, 1945.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Mount St. Joseph's Teachers College and a master's degree in education from Buffalo State Teachers College.

From 1944 to 1981, she served in various parish schools, including St. Vincent's in Springbrook, St. Mary's in Swormville, Fourteen Holy Helpers in Gardenville and Infant of Prague and Most Holy Redeemer in Cheektowaga. She also was principal of St. Aloysius School in Springville and St. Francis of Assisi in Buffalo.

Her final teaching assignment was St. Gerard's in Buffalo.

Her second career was at St. Francis Home in Williamsville, where she was superior for four years and associate administrator until her retirement in 1996.

She then moved to St. Mary of the Angels Convent in Williamsville, where she lived until her death.

She was known for her strong love of nature.

Survivors include a sister, Marie Baumgarten of North Collins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel, 201 Reist St., Williamsville. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery on the convent grounds.


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