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Sister M. Lucien Zakilowski, 89, a Franciscan Sister of St. Joseph, died Thursday (May 22, 2003) after a long illness in Colette Hilbert Health Center, Hamburg.

Born Helen Zakilowski in Buffalo, she entered the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph as an aspirant from Corpus Christi Parish in Buffalo in 1928. She professed her final vows in 1936.

For 47 years, she ministered primarily in education, teaching at schools in Michigan, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and at St. Francis School in Athol Springs.

She retired to Immaculate Conception Convent in Hamburg, where she helped with household tasks but continued to volunteer for six years as a teacher's aide at St. Columba School in Buffalo.

In 1992, she entered the health center.

She enjoyed crocheting and listening to music; one of her favorite songs was "Lord, Make Me a Means of Your Peace."

She is survived by three sisters, Ceil Rudnicki of West Seneca, Marianne Krempa of Buffalo and Theresa Czechowicz of Depew, and a brother, Bernard of the Town of Tonawanda.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Conception Convent Chapel, 5286 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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