Sister Anita Shaughnessy, a teacher and nurse for nearly seven decades, died Wednesday in Sisters of St. Mary of Namur Marycrest Residence in Buffalo. She was 86.
Born Rita M. Shaughnessy in Lowell, Mass., she entered the order of St. Mary of Namur in 1937 and took her final vows in 1946.
Sister Anita started out as a parochial school teacher in Western New York and Lowell and gravitated toward nursing in 1970, when she joined the staff of Kenmore Mercy Hospital in the Town of Tonawanda.
She was involved in the early stages of a new hospice program at the hospital and took her experience with the program when she moved in 1983 to Florence, S.C., to become chaplain at McLeod Hospital, where she also helped establish a hospice program.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Mary Center Chapel, 241 Lafayette Ave.