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Sister Mary Eustace Symeon, a Felician Sister for 79 years, died Saturday (May 24, 2003) in Erie County Medical Center. She was 97.

The former Rose Symeon entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters on Aug. 25, 1923, and professed her final vows on Aug. 5, 1931.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Syracuse.

She was a graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, Buffalo, and had bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from Canisius College.

Sister Symeon taught in elementary schools in the dioceses of Buffalo and Erie, Pa. She also had been a teacher of religious education at St. Joseph's Parish in Boonville and St. Martin's Parish in Port Leyden..

In 1947, she began teaching at the junior and senior high school level. She taught English at Bishop Colton High School, Buffalo, for 19 years. She also instructed students in English at Sacred Heart High School, Syracuse, and Villa Maria Academy, Buffalo.

She returned to St. Joseph's Parish in Boonville in 1984 to assist in parish ministry. Three years later, she continued her involvement in parish ministry and religious education at St. Michael's Parish, Lackawanna.

In August 1992, she entered Villa Maria Infirmary, now known as Felician Sisters Health and Wellness Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Villa Maria Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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