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Sister Mary Ancilla Maute, a former directress of postulants for the congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis, died Wednesday in the Health Center at St. Mary of the Angels Convent. She was 96.

Born Eileen Maute in Lancaster, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis Third Order Regular of Buffalo on July 1, 1928. She was among the youngest members to arrive at St. Mary of the Angels, which was then the "new" motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis, on Mill Street in Williamsville on Oct. 28, 1928. She was among the sisters who moved into the "second new" motherhouse on Reist Street on Nov. 17, 1999.

Sister Ancilla had a bachelor's degree from Canisius College and attended Catholic University, Washington, D.C.

She taught in several diocesan schools, including St. James, Buffalo; SS. Peter & Paul, Hamburg; St. Mary's, Lancaster; and Most Holy Redeemer, Cheektowaga; and was principal and teacher at St. Vincent's in Spring Brook.

She was directress of postulants for 12 years and a member of the Formation Team. She also taught in St. Clare College, Williamsville.

Her last assignment was that of community bookkeeper and general office assistant at St. Mary of the Angels from 1986 until ill health prevented further activities.

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


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