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Sister Mary Sanctia Chotkowski, Hilbert dean June 9, 1916 -- March 15, 2006

Sister Mary Sanctia Chotkowski, a retired administrator at Hilbert College, died Wednesday in Colette Hilbert Health Center, Hamburg. She was 89.

Born Ladis Chotkowski in Fall River, Mass., she entered the aspirancy of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph on Aug. 8, 1930. She became a postulant on Sept. 4, 1934, and professed her final vows on July 17, 1939.

Sister Sanctia received a bachelor's degree from Medaille College, a master's degree from St. Bonaventure University and a doctorate from Fordham University.

For 36 years, she ministered in the field of education as a teacher at Holy Trinity, Westfield, Mass.; Corpus Christi, Buffalo; Our Lady of Queen of Angels, Detroit; St. Stanislaus, Chelsea, Mass.; and Mother of Divine Grace, Cheektowaga.

Sister Sanctia later was principal at Immaculata Academy in Hamburg. From 1960 to 1970, she was registrar and academic dean at Hilbert College, Hamburg.

In 1970 and again in 1986, she was elected associate general minister of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph.

From 1991 to 1997, she was research archivist and oral historian for the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph. She then retired to Immaculate Conception Convent in Hamburg. She entered Colette Hilbert Health Center in February 2004.

She is survived by a brother, Anthony Chotkowski of Massachusetts.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday in Immaculate Conception Convent Chapel, 5286 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Needham, Mass.


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