Sister Thecla Joseph, formerly Sister Grace Marie, who served St. Mary's School for the Deaf for 35 years, died Friday in the Clarence residence of the Sisters of St. Joseph after a long illness. She was 88.
Born in Manchester, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1947 and made her final profession in 1953. She was missioned at St. Mary's School for the Deaf from 1949 to 1984, where she served as a teacher, a supervisor of young girls, resident supervisor of junior boys and as a department head.
In 1984, Sister Thecla left St. Mary's and took up the care of her ailing sisters, Mary and Sadie, and her brother, Monsignor Joseph D. Joseph.
In 1997, she entered into the Ministry of Prayer for the Sisters of St. Joseph and had lived in recent years in Buffalo, Randolph and Clarence. While in Randolph, she was instrumental in encouraging several parishioners to join the associate program of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
She is survived by a sister, Sister Martha Joseph.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. John Maron Church, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Burial will be in the Sisters of St. Joseph section of Forest Lawn.