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Sister Mary Colette Fox, educator May 17, 1937 -- Dec. 18, 2005

Sister Mary Colette Fox, a Felician Sister for 50 years, died Sunday in Erie County Medical Center after a long illness. She was 68.

Born Mary Ann Fox, she entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters in 1955 and professed vows in 1963. She was a member of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Angola and graduated from Bishop Colton High School.

She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Medaille College; a master's degree from St. Bonaventure University; a certificate in religious studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.; and a nurse's aide certificate from the State of Delaware.

Sister Mary Colette began her ministry as a teacher at various Catholic elementary schools, primarily in the Diocese of Buffalo, for about 11 years.

After becoming certified in religious education, she was appointed full-time coordinator at Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. She held similar positions at St. Leo Parish in the Town of Niagara, parishes in Chautauqua County and St. Mary's Convent in Mayville.

While in Mayville, Sister Mary Colette also was a caseworker for Catholic Charities. In 1981, she was appointed associate diocesan director of elementary religious education, a position she held for six years.

Sister Mary Colette was presented a Religious Educator of the Year Award in 1976 and a Catechist Certificate in 1980 from the Department of Catholic Education in Buffalo. During this time, she also served on the adjunct faculty at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.

In 1987, Sister Mary Colette embarked on another career, as assistant coordinator at the Dorothy Day House in Uniondale. A year later, she ministered to people with AIDS at Benedict House of Western New York. In 1996, she went to the House of Joseph II in Wilmington, Del., to continue this ministry. Because of physical weakness, she resigned from her position at the House of Joseph II in 1998.

Sister Mary Colette's final ministry was as pastoral associate of Immaculate Conception Parish. She ministered there for five years and then took a leave because of her failing health.

She because a patient in the Felician Sisters Health and Wellness Center last January.

Surviving are a sister, Phyllis Smith of Cheektowaga, and a brother, Donald Fox of Angola.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Villa Maria Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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